Which path should I choose?

In my book review of Following the Path by Joan Chittister, I highlighted three ideas that stuck with me from the book. First, she explores what it means to search for and find happiness. Secondly, it is important to understand that your job is not your calling. Finally, the path of life is not a straight one. We are happier and closer to following God’s call for our lives when we appreciate all of life’s twists and turns.

Chittister says: “Only when we stop thinking of God as playing a game with us to see if we can get the very question of what to do with our lives right, do we begin to realize the call is a partnership. God gives us our gifts; we are meant to discover how to best use them for the sake of the world, both now and to come. God beckons us forward when we would fail ourselves and quit.”

David Rupert’s recent post, Stop Waiting for God to Tell You What to Do provides an insightful follow up which references the Storyline blog. Justin Zoradi sums it up well, “You want to do meaningful work? Stop sitting on your hands waiting for God to tell you what to do.”

Open my eyes, that I may see

Open my eyes, that I may see
Glimpses of truth Thou hast for me;
Place in my hands the wonderful key
That shall unclasp and set me free.

Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready my God, Thy will to see,
Open my eyes, illumine me,
Spirit divine!

Open my ears, that I may hear
Voices of truth Thou sendest clear;
And while the wave notes fall on my ear,
Everything false will disappear.

Open my mouth, and let me bear,
Gladly the warm truth everywhere;
Open my heart and let me prepare
Love with Thy children thus to share.

Lyrics and Music: Clara H. Scott

Traveling to Haiti

It’s been two years since the devastating 7.0 earthquake in Haiti. As I read about some of the developments and setbacks since then, I was struck by the powerful, raw emotions conveyed in the photographs taken by Carl Juste of The Miami Herald.

I would love to someday go to Haiti to experience what life is like and help out in some way. Several people that I know have traveled there to help bring hope and restoration to this country.

Laity Lodge Youth Camp went on a second trip to Haiti last summer, and plan to return on spring break this year. Dan King AKA Bible Dude has chronicled his involvement in The Unlikely Missionary. He will be returning to Haiti in February.

Ellen Palmer has been a committed board member and activist for International Child Care for many years, traveling to Haiti and Dominican Republic countless times. She was on the island, though not in Port-au-Prince, when the quake happened.

Thank you for all you do to help bring hope and restoration to this country. Perhaps someday I will be able to travel with you!

2011, Year in Review

This has been an odd year. I haven’t blogged much here as I have been too busy working on other websites. Here’s some of what I’ve been up to:

  1. Took six months and two hospital visits to get over pneumonia. (Never again I pray!)
  2. Managed the blog and Facebook for Laity Lodge Youth Camp (LLYC), visiting camp in June.
  3. Looked for another full time job to no avail.
  4. Redesigned the website for Work Hard Work Smart, a local initiative of the Chamber of Commerce.
  5. Released a book about charity raffles with my friend Jim Berigan. Later sold it to a new publisher.
  6. Welcomed new members to our family, great niece Anna, and great nephews Jackson, Issiah, and Noah.
  7. Launched a new consulting business, Bounce Back Mobile.
  8. In October Troy and I went on a retreat at Laity Lodge.
  9. Led my first full day workshop on Facebook for small businesses.
  10. Micah’s 2nd Birthday was on Thanksgiving Day.
  11. Transitioned from being a web editor for LLYC to The High Calling.
  12. Began a Facebook page called Living Micah 6:8.


The struggle with food

As I read the latest post from Pilgrim I was at my desk mindlessly consuming quasi-Mexican food from Taco Bell, washing it down with a large Pepsi. And I don’t even like Pepsi – I’m a Coke drinker! Oh how I could relate to what he was saying about the struggle with food.

I have not been particularly healthy with food and eating in my life. It’s been a little secret of mine, this bad eating. I have a tendency to see every meal as an opportunity for pleasure and escape. Lunchtime comes and I say, “Hmm, what do I most want to eat right now?” Then I go and get that food, whatever it is. I also tend to eat compulsively, cramming cheetoes or some other horrible processed food into my mouth in a ridiculous attempt to silence a demon or deal with my anxiety. And even when the food has lost its taste and clearly is making me feel worse and not better, I keep eating.

Like so many people I have a very fickle commitment to eating healthy. Rationally I know I need to eat healthy. I’m an ardent proponent of the real food movement, tell all my friends to watch Fast Food Nation and Super Size Me. In daily life, it is such a struggle. As a long time IBS sufferer, the wrong foods are seriously my mortal enemy. Yet I continue to give in to impulse.

I was thankful for the humble and encouraging way this post concluded: “I don’t have to become perfectly well with eating and food right now. I just have to peel back a little dead tissue, find something alive and well on the inside, and make one small move toward health and goodness.” – Pilgrim

At my next meal, I’ll have the opportunity to make a better choice.