God Is Laughing At Me
Nearly eight months ago I began writing a column for Catholicmom.com, believing that I would write one article per week, and thus, share my wisdom as a military wife and mother. Can you believe that? Every week I sat at my computer, waiting for inspiration to flow through my fingertips and onto the screen. I imagined that God would give me some special insight to share with the other women reading this column, and that my words would become beacons of hope for other women in my walk of life.
AHHHH…therein lay my mistake. I allowed my imagination to take me places that God did not intend me to go. I think this has been a pattern in my life. I often see myself enjoying the finished product or the rewards of hard work long before I have done any work for which I could be rewarded.
Many self-help experts and motivational speakers advise this type of thinking as a way of getting people motivated to work toward their goals. While the whole “fake it ‘til you make it” and “law of attraction” mentality is popular, and may even have a place in entrepreneurship, there is an underlying flaw with this thinking. And I think those of us who share our beautiful faith and desire to please God can see this flaw pretty clearly.
The basic flaw with this thinking is that it completely ignores God’s will for us. Whether or not we realize it, each of us has a purpose and a place in this world. And our fleeting whims and spontaneous desires do not necessarily line up with the purposes for which we were created. The twist is that God gives us free will to follow His way or our own. So what are we going to choose?
Are we going to follow the world’s thinking which has two extremes? The first is that it tells us to imagine good things flowing in and to just expect them to happen. The other extreme is to work constantly, relentlessly, and ruthlessly until we reach that goal for which we are striving?
Or are we going to follow God, who would have us go about things in a much more balanced way? He would have us meet each day a knowledge that we must work and not just dream. He does not promise us success in this life, but He does promise us peace and happiness in heaven. And if we can live each day with faith in His promises, then we don’t have to run around trying to accomplish the impossible.
As I said before, I allowed my imagination to take me places that God did not intend for me to go. I’m sure God got a good chuckle watching clips of my daydreams. I can just see Him sitting on His heavenly throne bent over in a belly laugh with tears running down His cheeks as He listens to me imagine future interviews and friendships with important people in Catholic and military media. Well, hey, if I can make the Almighty laugh, I might have a chance at entertaining us human types, right?
If you would like to help deployed military members and their families, there are a number of resources available. The following excerpt is from http://www.military.com/Resources/ResourceFileView?file=Holiday_Help.htm
What can you do to show support for servicemembers, especially those serving overseas? Below are Websites for several organizations that are sponsoring programs for members of the Armed Forces overseas. Servicemembers do value and appreciate any expressions of support you can send them.
Donate a calling card to help keep servicemembers in touch with their families at Operation Uplink at http://www.operationuplink.org/
Send a greeting via e-mail through Operation Dear Abby at http://anyservicemember.navy.mil/ or http://www.OperationDearAbby.net
Sign a virtual thank you card at the Defend America Web site at http://www.defendamerica.mil/nmam.html
Send messages to soldiers through the new forum "Messages for Soldiers" at http://www.mfsusa.org/main.html
Make a donation to one of the military relief societies:
Army Emergency Relief at http://www.aerhq.org/
Navy/Marine Relief Society at http://www.nmcrs.org/
Air Force Aid Society at http://www.afas.org/
Coast Guard Mutual Assistance at http://www.cgmahq.org/
Donate to "Operation USO Care Package" at http://www.usometrodc.org/care.html
Support the American Red Cross Armed Forces Emergency Services at http://www.redcross.org/services/afes/
Donate Blood to the Armed Services Blood Program; for more information, visit http://www.tricare.osd.mil/asbpo/
Volunteer at a VA Hospital to honor veterans who bore the lamp of freedom in past conflicts. Find the VA health facility nearest you.
Support families whose loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals through a donation to the Fisher House at http://www.fisherhouse.org.
Reach out to military families in your community, especially those with a loved one overseas.
Please do not flood the military mail system with letters, cards, and gifts. Due to security concerns and transportation constraints, the Department of Defense cannot accept items to be mailed to "Any Servicemember." Some people have tried to avoid this prohibition by sending large numbers of packages to an individual servicemember's address, which however well intentioned, clogs the mail and causes unneccessary delays.
The support and generosity of the American people has touched the lives of many servicemembers, over 300,000 of whom are deployed overseas.