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Change. I've learned to embrace it, ride it out til the end. Sometimes I'm kicking and screaming, other times weeping with my eyes clinched tight. Once in awhile I ride like a dog in a car, head out the window snorting what life has to offer. Mother to young adult children, a marriage of thirty years, and a desert to mountain to valley waltz with God have shaped me into someone I never imagined I'd be. Life is short and I want to live it. Tears, sighs, laughter and change. Every morsel granted to me. Scrambled, shaken or stirred.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Scribbles and Scrambles - Vessels and Vanity

I hopped over to Novel Journey to catch my friend Janet's Sunday devotional and discovered it talked to me where I'm at today.

How often I look at others and envy what they have. But how often am I willing to walk in their shoes? Or live in their life?

I tend to want to pick and choose from the grocery store of life with the option to discard the consequences of those choices like a banana peel. Kind of "have it my way....always." Belly up to the deli counter, load up on summer sausage and ask for the cholesterol on the side, thank you very much.

Janet shared a story nearly as old as time. Cain and Abel. Not that I'd ever want to murder someone for their talent or attitude or success, but occasionally I've toyed with the green-eyed monster when he whispers sweet nothings in my ear.

My aunt sent me a couple of links about Paul Potts. If you haven't seen this here's your chance. Watch the faces of the judges and audience as the video progresses.

Is there anything more wondrous than raw material or an imperfect vessel in the hands of God? Is there anything more amazing than the God of the universe attaching talents, gifts and good works to earthen vessels here today and gone tomorrow?

So, who are we to question God's choice of who will receive what? Who am I to envy the success or talent of another when I don't necessarily tend to my own path. Maybe I should plant gardens along my road instead of eyeing the beautiful patches belonging to my fellow sojourners.

Thank You, Lord for Your incredible patience and wisdom. Help us to discover who You want us to be, and what You've given us to complete, and help us find the joy and the peace in the journey.


Heather Smith said...

Beautiful post, Kelly. I so need to keep my eyes on my own garden. After all, though some things might look great in others lives, there are definitely parts I wouldn't want. Each of us has our good times and our bad. May I learn to use all my situations for the glory of God. And thanks for sharing the video clip. That guy can "SANG" as we say here in NC!

Janet Rubin said...

I just saw Paul on Oprah yesterday. Amazing. And what a humble guy!
Thanks for the "highlight":)
Yes, I think that having to have what I want is my biggest problem. I want what I want all the time and have a very hard time not getting it. Ah... humanity. Ick.