Day 3 of 31 Days of October – Roses Among The Thorns
I ask myself that question often. In the scope of life, what’s really important? And I make choices based on my answer. Sadly, some days I don’t choose well. I focus on accomplishing things, the checking off of the every-present To Do list, and I sacrifice the eternal.
Some days I just do what comes next. The next errand. The next phone call. The next meal. The next potty break for the dog. It’s all I can muster.
I think about ministry opportunities that are passing me by. The Bible study I am not able to lead or even attend. The volunteer work that is on hold. The social connections I am not free to make right now.
Am I missing the “important work” I should be doing? Or am I right where I am supposed to be? I wonder.
I’m not sure of the answer to such quandaries about the universe and how it is supposed to progress. I do know that this is my life, right here and right now, and I am to make the most of it by doing what is in front of me. If that means being caregiver to Sweet William during another slow recovery, then let me do it with grace and kindness. If it means stopping to chat with my neighbor as we walk our dogs, then let me listen well to her heart. If it means saying a prayer and writing a note of encouragement when someone comes to mind, then let me do it faithfully. If it means inviting someone in for a cup of refreshment, then may my hospitality be more about my heart than my house.
This is where I am. This is my field of labor. In this place, at this time, to these people. May I do it well.
And perhaps that is really what is important.