Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Coming out of my funk

Life is good.

Let's face it, I've been in a funk for a few weeks.

The stress of the holiday season (as my cousin puts it, when you work in a church, Christmas is your "busy season") built up, and well, frankly, I was kinda grumpy over Christmas/New Year.

That funk carried over into the first few days of 2009. But now, things are changing for the good.

I'm a Christian, so I believe in prayer. I've been praying the same thing for a few weeks - God, give me a renewed passion for life, my job, etc., or open a new door and blow my socks off.

Basically, I'm hoping for a renewed spirit and a renewed passion for life.

One writing friend - Rick Osborne - passed on this advice - I've found that passion, purpose and direction comes from consistent time with Him. : )

When I asked how he went about this, he replied - Put up a note 2 self: What is your #1 goal in life? (Answer: 2 know God) So, what is your #1 priority 2day? (A: Time with Him).

Sounds easy, huh?

I've found a couple of Henri Nouwen books to help with this goal - to have a quiet time with God.

I found the books on a recommendation of a good friend, Kasey, who is a spiritual formation director. She's kind of a kindred spirit, so I know that our book tastes are very similar. I'm looking forward to re-discovering some of Nouwen's writings, and having a quiet time.

Another friend, Troy - a college friend I haven't talked with in quite a while - provided encouragement in another way as I told him about what I've been up to career wise in the last few years. We talked about finding your niche in life. His simple statements, by Facebook chat, helped me realize that even though I'm not where I thought I would be in life, that I'm probably right where I need to be.

A third friend, Andy, who is in the military, provided a huge kick in the booty, when I was whining on Facebook. He reminded me that no matter how bad life seems here in the states, it's nothing compared to life in Iraq.

Wow, I needed that. What a perspective. Life really is good here in the states. I don't have to spend time each evening in the chapel, praying that my colleagues make it home in one piece - he shared that that's how he got thru his last tour of duty - on his knees in prayer.

I could go on, but the jist of everything is that my friends have been helping me pull out of the funk. I'm realizing that life is good.

When he was president of Asbury Seminary, Maxie Dunnam used to say "God is Good" to which the student body would reply "All The Time." It's a lesson I need to remember.

I will admit, cleaning my apartment (ok, the bedroom is still a mess), along with eating better this week - a.k.a. healthy - is helping as well. Sometimes I have to remember that I need to take care of myself - physically, mentally and spiritually.

I'm not sure why all of these individual conversations and observations have to do with each other, but collectively, they've helped me dig out of the funk I've been in for several weeks.

Maybe, as a friend put it, it's because life is a mosaic - I really like that image.

2009 really is starting out quite well. I may not be where I thought I'd be 10-1/2 years after Seminary - family and job wise, but honestly, I'm in a good spot. I'm very thankful for all of the blessings I've been given.

Life is good. I just need to remember that.

I'm so thankful for Andy, Troy, Kasey, Denni, Cydni and other friends who have reached out to me in a variety of ways - through Facebook messages, e-mails and phone calls.

I'm also very thankful for my family - especially my mom and cousin, who put up with my bad mood during the holidays.

God is answering my prayers. My passion for life is being renewed. It's a great way to start 2009.

1 comment:

  1. Great blog. Isn't it wonderful how God can weave events, thoughts and peoples words into a wonderful mosaic that points us in the right direction. : )


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