It’s been awhile, I know. That was not my intention when I started this blog, but sometimes, life just gets in the way of my good intentions.
I think that’s true for all of us. We want to do so many personal things, but we get bogged down with life – visits to the dentist, sick children, overdue reports, a plugged drain, the birthday gift we have to buy. Before we know it, weeks have gone by and those things we’d planned to do, things that were important to us, things that we were looking forward to, have slipped past us. We have a moment of regret but philosophically shrug our shoulders and say, “Maybe next week…”
I’m beginning to think that we’ve got it all wrong. We’re giving ourselves the short end of the stick. We’re missing out on the abundant life.
Maybe we should reassess our priorities. Perhaps it’s time to say, “this is important to me and so, I will do it first.” Even as I write that I feel a frisson of fear – these are revolutionary words, especially for those of us who have always put everyone else first. How could I possibly do this without suffering from the G Disease.
You know the G Disease – the Guilt Syndrome. Why is it that so many of us still suffer pangs of guilt every time we put ourselves before others? Where is it written that it is our duty to place ourselves at the end of the line (not discounting the admonition that “the first shall be last and the last shall be first”)? Who fills us with this guilt?
A lot of people will say that it is our consciences that cause us to feel guilt. Some might believe that guilt comes from our inner self. I say that the only purveyor of guilt is Old Dirtyface (aka Satan), and it is his job to lay it on us at every opportunity.
What a great way to forestall any wonderful things from happening in our lives! Rather than allowing us to go in a direction that might be construed as selfish and might just be exactly what God wants us to do at this moment, Old Dirtyface whispers “guilty” in our ears and we buy into the message.
The life more abundant promised to us is not a life that is proscribed and constrained by guilt. It is a life of joy and self-worth.
It’s a life I ‘m going to seek out.
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