Summer months are busy aren’t they? It seems like there isn’t enough time in the day to do all the things on the to-do list. If we aren’t careful we can get so over burdened by the weight of “stuff that needs doin,” we lose sight of practical things, such as communicating with the family. We can get so focused on things that we need to accomplish, that we can take for granted the things that really mean the most, our family. Loosing ground, on the “stuff” that needs doing, causes us to enter into a whirlwind of unfinished projects, causing, frustration to build, followed by anger, and perhaps blaming family for the things left undone. Depression can mingle into the picture, dragging us to a place of guilt, or even the “I don’t care anymore,” attitude, don’t care, if I ever accomplish what I started out to do.
I can relate to the fire hall. It seems like sometimes the years just crash into each other. It seems like we just finished last years hydrants, and now, its time to test them all over again, plus do company inspections, plus pre-plan, plus, plus, plus… well you know what I mean, and at times it can become a burden, especially staying motivated’ and keeping everyone else motivated, can be tough at times. Then I am reminded of Gods Word, – Psalms 121. The psalmist gives us a picture of the writer, in a perhaps, depressed place, a place where he needed to lift up his head to a new horizon. He knew that if he kept looking horizontal, then he would be focusing on all the “stuff” around him. Notice what happens when he looked up. He saw beyond his status quo, he saw his “HELP!”
My wife’s mother had terminal cancer many years ago. One of her sayings, that she would often quote was “Keep Looking Up!” Whenever she would feel the pain of the disease, she would say “Keep Looking Up! Her perception was focused on something, higher than her pain, greater than her infirmity, stronger than the hurt. She was focused on God.
Whenever I want to give myself a pity party because of “stuff,” I need to be grateful that I have the opportunity to “Love my family, cherish my friends, work with some great people at the fire dept., and give myself totally to the authority of this higher power, that my wife’s mom looked up to. Jesus.”
Galatians 6 v 9 – And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
Psalm 121 King James Version (KJV)
121 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3 He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4 Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
5 The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7 The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8 The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
No Matter What, Don’t Give Up, Keep Looking Up!!!