Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chasing after Shadows

One of the interesting and strange things about the daily flow of mine is the amount of unrestrictedly idle time.  I may work very hard for an hour, a day, a week, but inevitably there come times where there is not a thing constructively to do.  Sure, I could cold call people to attempt an introduction, but this never works.  After colding calling 482 people to no avail, it's pretty much a given that it doesn't work. 

Or I could fill my time with idle amusement like one of the zillion apps available or hours upon hours on facebook, but I'm not that guy.  I have to be moving, helping, serving, doing.  Here in lies the problem...the tension of waiting.

I remember part of a story in one of the Narnia books.  It is about a horse that was the most outstanding, strong, switft, intelligent, and charming horses in one land, yet as he approached Narnia, realized his humbleness compared to the far greater horses there.  It is in this moment that Aslan (who plays the fictional character of Jesus) tells the horse to "be content".  You are not the best, You are not the worst.  Be content with the horse you are.

But I want to be the best!  I want to have a more successful business than anyone in my field! 

There is a quote by Tim Kizzier: "Our greatest fear as individuals and as a church should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter." 

What are we chasing after?  What are we toiling to obtain?

May we work hard towards things that matter and be content with ourselves along the way.

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