I just read this article and I had to write about it. Take the time to watch the short video.
Two women beat each other..a cashier and a customer in NYC. What do you think about that? I've worked in not such great places where I have envisioned doing something like this.
Women who work at McDonald's are overworked, underpaid and have to deal with angry and rude customers.
However, beating someone with a rod probably isn't the best answer.
How do you handle stress or confrontation? Do you let someone have it or do you hold it in until you explode?
I used to be a people pleaser, so worried about what others thought. But, my sister gave me a coaching book that talks about self authoring.
What does this have to do with this situation? Well, I've learned that no matter what is said to me or about me, doesn't matter. I am in a place now where I "self author"
I know this woman probably doesn't have the means to find a book like this so all we can do is pray for her. I am empathetic to her situation but my heart breaks for her situation.
I am merciful in nature and I feel so bad for how her life must be or will be.
I am surrounded by friends and family that force me to grow. I pray she finds the same.
So, what are your thougts? I realize not all would have sympathy and thats okay. I just wanna hear from you.
I know all of us come from different faiths and I respect that.
But, as I've told you, I have been in BSF for the the last 3 years, sometimes grudgingly loading the tot in the car in the freezing snow. Every year, I would say I wasn't sure I would come back b/c of the commitment.
Then something unusual happened. I received a call in August to be a leader. This is a huge honor and commitment. Now I would be loading the tot 2 days and I would be doing way more research in the bible.
But, I knew somehow that this was from God. Usually, the way God works with ME, is that if its from him, it falls in my lap. I recognized that, prayed about it with Brian and said yes.
I've been in leader training and learned so much. I've learned to do homiletics and I gain so much from our leadership meetings. The women in there that have been in Bible Study Fellowship for 20 years have such depth and reallly make my simple answers seem ....well simple.
The organization has a whole is amazing. They translate the bible into every language imaginable and are even martyred for their faith almost weekly. True heroes in my book.
So, I've made a commitment to go deeper.
And today was my first day to sub. I was a little nervous but excited. It couldn't have gone better. The group was all there and they all had such beautiful hearts and were super vulnerable.
If you have BSF in your area, which I am sure you do...they have women and men classes during the day and at night. It's more educational, not a social event. And thats what I love about it.
And my little tot is learning so much just soaking up the word of God. Simply Amazing.
I have a feeling God gave me this opportunity not to necessarily help others but for others to help me. I told myself today that its not about me. Its about the Holy Spirit and I was just a facilitator.
Sometimes, we get so caught up in our little worlds, we really do forget that it is not about us.
If you love to learn like me, its the perfect thing for you. Its a lecture and then small group answer time. But, you don't socialize or have people who go on and on and drive you nuts.
Even, if you cant join something like this, take a moment and find an opportunity to serve. It could be downtown with the homeless, tutoring kids, Girls on the Run (Caitlin) It really will increase your overall sense of wholeness.
And isnt that what this blog is all about?
My hubby did the best thing ever. We not only went to the Arts Center downtown but it was for a benfit/auction/dinner to raise money for orphans all over the world. You may not know this but I am obsessed with orphans-since I was like 8 and the Ethiopian famine -which is happening again. I became passionate and watched and sang "We are the world" a million times a day.
When and before we were married we knew we would be the new Superwoman and Superman who go out to save the world. How would we do that, working in the inner city, fostering, becoming missionaries?
We've tried to adopt before but it just wasn't right. This time, with know there are more than 160 million orphans and only 1% of them get adopted???? Imagine your beautiful child lying on the floor with no diaper and no food. ALL DAY
So to us, this was a pretty time to go forward. Our teenager graduates next May and adoption takes that long. We can focus on him these next few years then when he moves to college, finally take that step we've always wanted to.
Maybe we aren't going to be missionaries, but we could do one thing. And that one thing will change a child's life forever. We can clothe them, feed them, love them and halfway parent them well:)
So there ya have it. The Perfect Date.
General meditations on life and balance.