Walking the tightrope between doing it all and having it all has become an all-out quest in secular living. Sometimes it’s because of circumstances outside of our control, but mostly, it’s the hamster wheel, treadmill, or tilt-a-whirl we have chosen to fill our lives as an affirmation of self-worth. What if instead we put down all of the striving and doing, seeking and achieving, and reflect on what it means to be loved and enough right where we are, in the mess and in the mediocrity, in the full-spectrum of our humanness -- that Jesus, the son of God, thought was worthy of sacrificing his life for? Would all that busyness seem so boastful? “Be still and know that I am God,” (Psalm 46:11a) is the counterweight to the world’s busyness. Within that stillness, that rest, that is of God and through him, is the sweet spot of balance where we rejoice, refill, and reclaim the one who centers our soul. It’s hard to be off-kilter when we are focused on the Lord – even if we’re only wearing one earring.
False scales are an abomination to the LORD, but an honest weight, his delight. (Proverbs 11:1)
Copyright 2020 Lara Patangan
About the Author
Lara Patangan is a freelance writer and mother of two boys. She believes the merits of mercy are among our greatest gifts as Christians. Her first book about works of mercy will be published in the spring by Our Sunday Visitor. Please visit MercyMatters.net to join this community that believes in the power of mercy to change the world.