day thirty-one: simply be

Slide1Today is the last day of the 31 challenge. Whew! It’s been a long month, and I have mixed feelings about ending the series. I’m looking forward to a weekend without writing, but I’m worried I may go into withdrawal. We’ll see.

I’m not finished yet.

Way back on day three, I defined “being” as a verb used to indicate three things: 1) identity 2) qualities 3) condition. Now after 31 days of being, I want to briefly summarize what I’ve learned about the characteristics of those three facets of being.

Identity. You. Unglamorous. Light. A creation. In community. Like Jesus.

Qualities. Hopeful. Peaceful. Intentional. A listener. Patient. Trusting. Compassionate. Enthusiastic.

Condition. Raw. Still. At rest. Childlike. Dependent. Home.

Who are you? What are you like when no one’s there to hold you accountable? Are you consistent?

It’s not easy living in a broken world and being an imperfect vessel. But God is making us new. It’s not going to happen overnight, but as we start focusing a little more on Him and His creation and a little less on us, we will be changed. We’ll look back and think, “Wow. God was so present. He knew what He was doing.”

Meanwhile, as we wait for Him to work, let’s live fully in today, taking joy in the fact that each moment is a gift.

e2565f24bacbcde684322f4a7e259562To me, Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 is the essence of being. There is so much of life to enjoy when we take time to truly appreciate it. Let’s not take these days for granted!

Oh, how sweet the light of day,

And how wonderful to live in the sunshine!
Even if you live a long time, don’t take a single day for granted.
Take delight in each light-filled hour,
Remembering that there will also be many dark days
And that most of what comes your way is smoke.

Youwho are young, make the most of your youth.
Relish your youthful vigor.
Follow the impulses of your heart.
If something looks good to you, pursue it.
But know also that not just anything goes;
You have to answer to God for every last bit of it.

Live footloose and fancy-free—
You won’t be young forever.
Youth lasts about as long as smoke.

~ Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 ~

– – Phebe



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