40 Days – Day 19

Oh today. Living the divided life.

Are you one person at home, another at work, another at church, the list goes on.

How I LOVE this one. Because you see, I have a problem. I have a huge tendency to live my ENTIRE life out in the open. There is very little I hide from the public–and what I hide from the public, I actually hide from EVERYBODY…so, don’t feel left out.

Sometimes that is a good thing…sometimes that is a very bad thing. I don’t know why I do it. Maybe I feel like being open and honest (regardless of the matter), I’ll gain a bigger audience. Maybe I feel like being open and honest will make my audience smaller. But there is only ONE audience that truly matters.

Matthew Kelly says today: “The reality is, at the end of the day, we should be living our lives for an audience of one. And God’s the audience. When we start living our lives for an audience of one, that’s when they start to become radically authentic.”

Who DOESN’T want to be authentic?

Open your heart. You’ll be amazed at what you find!

Ponder this for a second: “There is no faster way to create enduring unhappiness than to act against your beliefs.”

Wow.

Reflect on the areas of your life where you feel divided. Now make a choice. You can choose a new way and move toward the undivided life, or you can ignore what you have discovered and bury yourself in dividedness.

Day 19: JOY and GRATITUDE

learning

I LOVE to learn. LOVE IT. I will dive into books, get lost for hours on the History or Discovery channel. Question people about all kinds of things. I LOVE TO LEARN. It brings me great joy when I expand my knowledge. It brings me great joy when I can hole up for hours at a time and dive into a subject that interests me.

And I am so thankful that I have been finally learning to LISTEN to learn even more. It’s only taken me over 30 years, but hey, I’m getting there.

I love learning so much, I have a Bachelor and Masters degree. But it’s not just about those letters. It’s about so much more. I love sitting down with good friends or strangers alike and sharing together. I got a chance to do that this morning with my church community and it was so uplifting. I wasn’t the only one losing my mind. I wasn’t the only one to admit….”I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I’M DOING.”

So, my point is, sometimes learning is much more than what they can teach you in any school. Sometimes learning is examining YOURSELF and figuring out how to be your best version. Sometimes learning is LISTENING. Sometimes learning is simply just slowing down and being aware.

And that, my friends, is AMAZING.

XOXO.

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