Tuesday, November 27, 2012

One Good Deed

"One good deed is more worth than a thousand brilliant theories." So says one of my heroes, Charles Spurgeon in his Morning and Evening devotional for November 25th. That sentence resonates with me because I am, by nature, a dreamer. I dream big. In every realm of my thinking. I have big dreams for the world (peace in Israel and an end to terrorism through honest, respectful discourse) for my community (once people know about all the independent artists and businesses in Eau Claire, they will insist on an art farmers market and lives will be full of beauty and music and artists won't have to deliver pizzas) but mostly for my selfishy selfish self (it's time to reconfigure our floor plan and construct a studio/garage/greenhouse with wood floors to match our existing floors except then we'll have to refinish the existing so we may as well re-do the kitchen too and while this is being done, escape to our house on Sanibel that we will have to buy in order to protect ourselves from dust and paint fumes during construction but also to minister to my parents in Fort Myers which is our CHRISTIAN DUTY and also we could let missionaries stay there whenever they wanted). Hmmm...which dream has the most passion and detail?

Living a life that is ultimately successful in the grand scheme of things, means daily recognition of the tiny moments of opportunity that knock at our door disguised as interruptions. Some examples of those opportunities: seeing the caller I.D. but actually answering a phone call you know will take awhile, opening all the mail and being willing to read about what World Vision is doing, calling, writing, or texting some one who keeps coming to mind. Ignore a divine interruption and you'll cheat yourself, and some one else, of blessing and joy. 

This is not to say all interruptions are divine. Discerning the difference between a time sucking problem and a divine opportunity takes practice and plenty of mistakes. If you are some one who balks at the idea of a schedule anyway, distractions are around every corner and losing focus means a feeling of defeat (and shame - 'why do I just spin my wheels?') as the day slips away. I hate that.

The most helpful tip I have in this regard is that the divine interruptions almost always involve people. Coming alongside people in times of trouble or discouragement has never left me feeling depleted or cheated. It also hasn't gotten me closer to the big ideas - at least as far as I can see. But answering the call of insight, acting on the flash of inspiration that comes as God brings some one to mind, these are the things that make life rich. These are the moments, when added together, construct a life overflowing with meaning and blessedness. 

Oh, I see I just got a text from my daughter so I guess this post will be shorter than expected, dang it! Only kidding. Noticing a sadness to her message, a call to her might be the most important thing I do today. And it wasn't even on my schedule....xo Susan

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