what moves us, what we value,
and how we view ourselves.
Those in my life often hear me speak of the need to "hold things in this life very loosely" -
"never lose sight of the bigger picture that our lives are"
and to steer clear of the kind of thinking that is bound up in what we consider our
"entitlements" in this life.
We often feel entitled to many things and they're all good things...
we enter this life with our "list" of them and that's all well and good...
the "entitlement" to have children, yet many women find this desire goes unfulfilled in their lives;
the "entitlement" to get married, yet some of the most wonderful people around still find that desire of their hearts unmet;
the "entitlement" to be healthy and free of disease or hardship, and still we know many in our own close circle of family/friend who are ravaged by sickness and tragedy
(my own mother is at this moment living past the time given her by hospice)
and on it goes....
But the question is this (and its a hard one)
What if we are NEVER granted one of or ANY of the things on our "list"?
Is our life devoid of meaning?
Do we now serve no purpose because we do not have a child or children?
Or a spouse?
Or that career we counted on?
We can easily feel that our lives do not "count" if there is not a far bigger calling and meaning to our lives -- one bigger than our comfort, our desires, our "list".
What a pity if we are defined only by the things we aspire to
-- the things that all too often define us.
But really, our lives here are not so much about what we feel we are entitled to,
but rather how we can serve and live lives of example and purpose for eternity.
Not until I heard Rachel's words, did I find the best way of finally describing what I always meant by the idea of "holding loosely" and flinging off those ideas of selfish entitlement.
Oh how I do.
"God allows in His wisdom, what He could easily prevent in His power..."
but sitting glued to my office chair, staring at her lovely face and listening to her words....
Nor will you.
DEATH IS NOT DYING