To Be

Many years ago, I saw a motto on a college campus that really struck me and has stayed with me: “To be, rather than to seem.”

When I saw this post from Jennifer today, my mind went back to those words. How deep. How true. How necessary.

If we are to live the lives we were meant to live, we should resist the compulsion to add yet another item to our to do list and, as Jennifer reminds us, spend some time tending to our “to be” list.

Do you feel like you can never DO enough or BE enough to please others or yourself? Maybe it’s time to lay down that burden and find freedom in the mercy and grace of Jesus.

Let’s rest in the knowledge that we are loved by our Creator God and just enjoy “being” today.

Stop and Smell the Roses

We are busy people. Busy with planning. Busy with doing. And, as a result, busy with stressing out! It’s a given that we need to have balance in our lives. We resist quiet and our spirits often harbor restlessness rather than peace. The cliche is right. We need to “stop and smell the roses”.

I found this list of one-minute stress busters over at and thought you might find them helpful too.

Here’s what God says:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Phil. 4:6 (NIV)

My prayer today is that we will all take a deep breath and take time to pray and ask God to help us enjoy a more balanced and peaceful life.

The Holiday Rush

It’s that time of year again. The holiday rush has begun WAY before the holiday has arrived. And doesn’t it seem to come earlier every year?

I went into one store in early October and they had on display, along with their Halloween items, Thanksgiving and, yes, even Christmas! In October!

This past weekend, I was doing my weekly grocery shopping, anticipating the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday when, suddenly, without warning, my ears were seized by the familiar sounds of Christmas music streaming from the overhead speakers. Really?

Now, of course, I wasn’t born yesterday. I understand this is all a ploy by retailers to try and subliminally coerce early spending out of unsuspecting shoppers. You go into a store, innocently minding your own business, and, before you know it, you are overwhelmed by a feeling of panic. “Yikes! It’s almost Christmas! I should buy something to get ahead of the game!”

But not this time, my friends! This year, I’ve made a decision to take a deep breath and shrug off the not-so-subtle messages to hurry and worry. I will rest and remember to enjoy what is most important in life, the relationships with those I love.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.”
Matthew 6:33-34