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I once heard a story about a little boy who went looking for seashells. He walked up and down the beach collecting as went. They were mostly broken, but still pretty, and he loved them all. Finally his hands and arms were filled with the shells he wanted to take home – but as he turned to go he saw a beautiful, perfect starfish lying on the sand. It was pristine, and he wanted it badly. But his hands and arms were so full, he couldn’t bend down to pick it up without dropping all his other precious beauties, lesser though they were.
At this point, the boy had the choice to either leave behind his lesser shells he had grown fond of and take the perfect starfish, or leave the best find of the day on the sand and walk home with his armload of broken pretty things.
The person who told me the story said the moral was that the Good is the Enemy of the Best. The Best requires devotion, passion, energy, and sacrifice. The Good tends to distract us from the best. We get bogged down with Good. There’s so much that’s pleasant and unobjectionable that we get diverted from seeking that which is profoundly meaningful and worthy.
I know I do this everyday. How easy it is to fill my morning with email, facebook, newspaper and comics instead of spending time with my Lord before I go to work. How easy it is to come home, eat dinner, watch a movie with my wife, and fall asleep without having had a real conversation. It’s tragic, really.
So pray for me. Some things need to be sacrificed. Some good things have to go to make room for bigger, better, and more important things. I need some pruning. Do you? Pruning hurts (parts of your life are getting clipped and cut off!), but it’s always worthwhile. And the Gardener is Good – no, he’s the Best.
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As I rush around trying to wash clothes, pack and prepare my workshops for a conference in Ohio I am reminded of how quickly time is passing. Our Pastor preached a sermon on Sunday night and he kept saying: “Our life is a vapour!” He was emphasizing how fleeting our life is and how important it is for us to be busy doing the Lord’s work. It is so easy to get caught up in the everyday tasks that we forget to remember those things have eternal value. As homeschool moms, we sometimes think our time, talents and abilities are not impacting anyone outside our family. I want to remind all of you mom’s out there that you are performing the most important task by pouring yourself into your children. Our families are our biggest mission fields. So when you are busy,busy, busy with the most mundane of tasks – remember your efforts are eternal and you may never know who your children will impact once they become adults!
I have to go finish getting packed for the conference in Ohio – please pray for me over this weekend. Have a great day and remember You’re life is a vapour so spend your time wisely!!!
Like many of you I am juggling a number of responsibilities right now. However, instead of juggling kids, curriculum, and cooking, I am transitioning into mother-in-law and grandma. Holding my screaming one-month-old granddaughter (who is absolutely adorable, btw) reminds me of how much YOU, beloved, probably have on YOUR plate. Are you bouncing babbies, chasing toddlers, training tweens, or nurturing teens? (Or all four?!) Add to that your responsibilities as a wife and teacher and who knows what else and you probably feel like you could join a three-ring circus.
I just want you to know that I think and pray for you – our customers and friends – on a regular basis. I remember the hard times of raising and teaching my sons. I want you to know, though – now that I am on the “other side” – that God does indeed sustain us. Every single minute, day, year – even the really difficult years – was well worth hanging in there for.
So pray, plan, prepare, and most of all – take time to ENJOY & BE THANKFUL for something each day. Even the hard ones. May God bless you as you follow His will and walk the journey He has laid before you.