Don’t Wish Your Life Away

Yesterday I realized that I’ve still got a whole suitcase full of clothes that I haven’t even opened since I’ve been here in Florida. Half of the clothes that I’m wearing right now are either in the dresser that I call “the floor” or in another suitcase. It’s definitely evidence that we are living temporarily.

We’re using furniture that’s not our own, silverware that isn’t ours, and are living a small apartment that we are only renting for (hopefully) a short period of time. It’s not easy. Have you ever just really wanted to use your own “stuff”: golf clubs, cook ware, a bike, or your computer? It just makes you feel a bit “out of sorts.” We’re waiting for our house to be built and the process is painfully slow. A watched pot boils faster.

But it’s all sort of like planting seeds in the ground and waiting for them to grow. You know that eventually something wonderful is going to pop out of the ground. You simply have to be patient until that day arrives.

As my wife’s grandmother used to say: “Don’t wish your life away.” There is plenty to be excited about for today. What is happening under the soil as a seed takes root is all about:

  • building strength
  • laying a foundation
  • measured growth
  • daily nurture
  • preparing for next stages

I only wrote that last paragraph because I have to remind myself of that principle. I am, by nature, an impatient person. But in my heart of hearts I know that this time of transition is for me

  • building strength
  • laying a foundation
  • measured growth
  • daily nurture
  • preparing me for upcoming stages in my life

I was reminded of all this by one of my favorite bloggers, Allison Vesterfelt, who recently wrote that life “never feels dreamy while you’re living it,” and “dreams come true while you’re taking out the trash, or doing dishes.” Jesus said, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matthew 6:33-34).

Seek His kingdom today. Tomorrow there may just be a shoot sticking out the ground, a branch growing off of a stem, or even a flower blooming at the top of your life’s plant.

What are YOU anticipating, that can just as well be “left until tomorrow”?

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4 thoughts on “Don’t Wish Your Life Away

  1. I used to wish my life away, but now I "do" instead. I have a hard time planning ahead. God tells us we aren't promised tomorrow so when my kids were still at home the thing to do was to plan menus and such. I could not. I still don't understand how people know they want pork chops on Thursday 3 weeks from now.

    Live for today and realize everything you do plan for is subject to change. That's what make this life interesting and definitely something worth writing about.

    Enjoyed your post, good "food" for thought.