Monday, September 29, 2008

Not His ways.

I have to smile. Yesterday while at Costco a friend and I talked about wanting to live a life of purpose. Here is my day.

I need to get up and go walk with Wendi. Don't want her to wait on me.
I need coffee.
Cereal of muffins for breakfast?
I wonder if Emma has made her lunch yet?
Ron needs to get going.
Are they done with their dishes?
I think I need a second cup.
I need to make new play-dough. Maybe orange for October.
I need to go downstairs to get Ella some puzzles to work.
The dryer turned off. I need to move that load of laundry.
Look at all those socks.
Why did I come down here? Oh, yeah, puzzles.
I need to dust that.
When did Eli vacuum?
That glass needs to go upstairs.
What should I make for lunch?
Can lights or a fixture?
What shade of brown for downstairs?
When is the sheet rock guy going to be here?
If Sally rides 3.5 miles one way how long did she ride all together?
Put more slant into your letters.
Time to read.
Eden, practice your spelling words.
Eli, quit tossing the football in the house.
I need to take the hamburger out of the freezer.
Eden take the little girls outside.
I need to fold that laundry.
That water needs to go in the fridge.
It smells like sheet rock mud.
I need to go get Emma and take her to teach her piano lesson.
Em, did you have a good day at class?
Eli, get ready for football.
Eden, get ready to go with dad.
I would like to check email and blogs...
I need to gather the library items. The videos are due back tomorrow.
Ooo, tomatoes still coming from the garden.
The counters need to be wiped down.
Emma, watch the girls while I go get Eli.
No, Eli, no slurpee. No Mountain Dew. No Pepsi. Water or milk.
Girls into the tub. Wash with soap. All crevasses.
Ella to bed. One Fish, two fish.
Yes, Evie, you can have ice cream.
Only one bowl, Ev. Let's read Pet Show and A Letter for Amy.
Emma, quit texting. That's enough for tonight.
Did you all brush your teeth? With toothpaste?
I love you.

This was not what I was referring to yesterday in my conversation. Isn't there a verse about His ways not being our ways?

In the interview by Paul Bradshaw (Time Mag 8/08) with Rick Warren , Rick said:

People ask me, What is the purpose of life? And I respond: In a nutshell, life is preparation for eternity. We were made to last forever, and God wants us to be with Him in Heaven.

One day my heart is going to stop, and that will be the end of my body-- but not the end of me.

I may live 60 to 100 years on earth, but I am going to spend trillions of years in eternity. This is the warm-up act - the dress rehearsal. God wants us to practice on earth what we will do forever in eternity.

We were made by God and for God, and until you figure that out, life isn't going to make sense.

Life is a series of problems: Either you are in one now, you're just coming out of one, or you're getting ready to go into another one.

The reason for this is that God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

God is more interested in making your life holy than He is in making your life happy.

We can be reasonably happy here on earth, but that's not the goal of life. The goal is to grow in character, in Christ likeness.

When I get up in the morning, I sit on the side of my bed and say, God, if I don't get anything else done today, I want to know You more and love You better. God didn't put me on earth just to fulfill a to-do list. He's more interested in what I am than what I do.
That's why we're called human being, not human doings.

Happy moments, PRAISE GOD.
Difficult moments, SEEK GOD.
Quiet moments, WORSHIP GOD
Painful moments, Trust God
Every moment, THANK GOD


7 comments:

Wendi said...

Oh Jill I was totally laughing while reading this post. I got tired just reading it.
Can't wait to see your bathroom when its finished!

Beth said...

What is that SCC song... "One little heartbeat at a time." One Fish Two Fish, laundry, wiped down counters and shuffling kids here and there isn't part of the glamour job we thought motherhood would be (hehe), but those things are making a difference in our kids.
You are an awesome mom...an exhausted one, to be sure... but still what a blessing to your family.

Leslie said...

Jill, you rock as a mom. I loved your list. The little things do have eternal value. Just last night I was fantasizing about never sending the kids to bed on time & seeing how long it would take for them to burn out completely. Not a proud mom moment. MOPS has a good slogan, "Today matters in the life of a child". Keep it up, you are being obedient to the ONE who holds you in the palm of His hand. Loved the Rick Warren quote.

The Bayou Belles and Their Beau said...

That's a lot of thoughts to have in one day. I'm with Wendi ... you made me tired.

Thanks for visiting my blog. Nice to meet you.

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

Jill, you are a great mom! Not only are you growing in character and christ-likeness, but you are teaching your kids to do the same.

Kim said...

I love this list! What a beautiful snapshot of grace.

Katherine@Raising Five said...

Totally cracking up - the socks! Too funny! So many thoughts, so much going on. It's crazy, but it's somehow quite beautiful, too. Thanks for a small peek into your life =).

Love,
Katherine