Outfit inspiration for the “Lisa” magenta quartz necklace!
Terrifying… that’s the word I would use to describe the world today.
Foundational truth seems to be slipping out from under society. Morals are being adapted to suit the culture, not the other way around. Violence is what more and more people are using to get their point across. And all the while, thousands of voices with thousands of differing positions talk to us through a device we keep in our pockets.
Whereas, I used to want to be informed about the political world, I have a sensitivity to the news right now. I often can’t handle it. I’m sure you know what I mean. It’s in our faces all the time.
This morning, I was reading Jen Wilkin’s book “None Like Him.” It’s a study on the attributes of God, and right now I am in the chapter about immutability.
I don’t think I knew what the word “immutable” meant before reading about it. It means “unchanging,” and the fact that God is immutable is better news for our present world than anything else.
James 1:17 says “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
In a world driven by trends, something that never changes sounds boring at first. Always the same?? What’s the fun in that?
But the fact that a being exists who has zero doubt about his identity and purpose, who can’t be weakened by the passage of time or events, and who is never ever wrong, means that we have something to cling to when everything else falls apart.
It means that every word found on the pages of His word is still relevant. He still loves what he loved, promises what he promised, condemns what he condemns. No matter what shifts in our culture, God’s word remains the same. Its precepts cannot be adapted or altered.
So when people are screaming at each other on social media, and the nightly news is reporting more violence, and your kids comes home spouting ideas that just aren’t okay, you have a place to go for truth and wisdom: the feet of Jesus. And since, immutability is one of those attributes that he doesn’t share, you can’t find it anywhere else.
What I’m getting at is that if you feel as I do about how scary and confusing the world is today, fall at his feet for truth and comfort, because He is the only thing in all creation who has all the answers AND remains a fixed point forever and ever. Amen?!
“From the end of the earth will I cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” – Psalm 61:2
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” – James 1:17
I know summer has almost passed, but for those of you who are sad to see it go, celebrate its remaining days with a Spotify playlist I curated of songs that feel like summer! A few of these actually mention “summertime” or “the 4th of July,” but I mainly focused on ones that, to me, encapsulate the freedom and warmth of the season. So, while you won’t hear “Surfin’ USA,” the Beach Boys do make an appearance.
There’s three hours worth of music here in a range of styles, old and new, so enjoy! I’m thinking I will do this more often, because as y’all know, I love music. I’ve started planning one filled with worship music that I’ll do in the fall. 🙂
-A song here would be overkill, don’t you think?
I hope you have relaxing weekend plans! These days weekends seem more about fun than rest, don’t they!? For my part, I’m going to be playing catch-up with some work that didn’t get finished this week. How fun and relaxing does that sound? Here and there, I’ll stand around and look bored in my luxe 20s debutante garb like Lily James on the set of Downton Abbey. 😀 I have a some links to share that are all fun, at least.
I’ll see you guys next week! 🙂
I saw a TED Talk the other day called “Why 30 is not the new 20,” and whether you’re in or out of your twenties, I think you will appreciate one concept that I gleaned: Identity Capital.
The TED speaker was a psychological therapist who found herself concerned about the way most twenty-somethings waste time with the excuse that their twenties are for exploration and pleasure. One of the things she felt that they all needed to realize is the importance of gaining “Identity Capital.” She defines Identity Capital as “doing something that adds value to who you are and is an investment in who you might want to be next.” Not just trying to figure out who you are with meaningless exploration, but gaining some knowledge and expertise that can serve you down the road, even if it’s small or outside of your comfort zone. That’s what your twenties are for! She went on to say that “identity capital begets identity capital,” meaning, if you just start somewhere, you’ll eventually build life skills and a reputation that will lead to more opportunities and responsibility.
This idea struck a chord with me because I struggle with fearing that these years aren’t meaningful enough. Not because I have been wasting time, but because I haven’t seen the fruit of my efforts yet. But, the truth is, I’ve been building some Identity Capital, and it’s just going to continue growing.
Author, Paul Angone, says that “…success in your 20s and 30s is more about setting the table than enjoying the feast.” I guess by that definition, if you work hard, you’re successful. Table setting may not seem like an important part, but it is necessary, it is identity capital!
Here’s the TED talk if you are interested, and check out Paul Angone’s blog, All Groan Up, because it’s hysterical!
Peridot is a stunning, translucent, lime green gem and this month’s birthstone! Can we all take a moment to appreciate how beautiful and calming the color of living, thriving plant life is…
These are fun to make y’all! My new favorite thing! 🙂
I finished The Art of Work and wanted to share my review with you! I have been a fan of Jeff Goins ever since Whitney English introduced him in one of her business classes. Actually, I have this book because Whitney was giving them away! The general idea of The Art of Work is about finding what you were meant to do with your life, but I got much more out of it than that.
The first part of the book addressed finding your calling. Personally, I feel like I have a firm grasp on this (maybe, I shouldn’t say that), but it’s definitely valuable for people who aren’t sure what they want to do with their lives. Jeff talks about listening to your life and keeping your eyes open for opportunities that you’re passionate about. He talks about allowing people to mentor us and guide us into unofficial apprenticeships that shape our futures.
My favorite part of The Art of Work, and the one that had the biggest impact on me, was when Jeff introduced the subjects of “pivoting” and the “portfolio life.”
-Pivoting: When you fail, you can either stop altogether (not a good choice) or you can pivot in another direction. Usually, failure just points us to something different and better if we learn to change paths instead of quitting altogether.
-Portfolio life: This quote from the book sums it up pretty well: “At some point, you must come to grips with the fact that you will do many different things in life. Jobs will come and go, and careers won’t last as long as you think they should. But in all those experiences, you will be growing. Every new experience contributes to the portfolio.”
Jeff ends the book by highlighting the importance of viewing each facet of life as your calling, not just your career. If we fail to value our roles as family members, friends, and contributors to our community because we’re too busy working, we’re doing it wrong. Our work is only one part of the whole of our lives, and finding that is mastering the art of work.
Have you read it? Share YOUR review in the comments!
Do you ever feel haunted by a sense that you might have taken a wrong turn earlier in life? Like this wasn’t the road you’d expected to walk?
My birthday was this month. I turned 27. I blog about my birthday every year. And every year I panic a little because my expectations for my twenties haven’t been met.
My idea of what I should have done in my twenties has always been a bit extreme. 16 year-old me was sure that by this age, I would have flown all over the world, gotten married, had a child, published a novel, and been in the middle of my incredibly successful career as an entrepreneur/fashion designer/author/screenwriter whilst preparing to homeschool.
None of that has happened…and now I wonder what the heck I was thinking in the first place.
It’s great to have dreams and goals and to take action to fulfill them. But having expectations like that is insane and sets you up to undervalue the life you wind up with. I have spent most of my twenties comparing my actual life with my expectations, worrying that I haven’t pushed myself hard enough, and fearing that I’ve gone off-script somehow.
But, the only thing that’s truly gone wrong and the biggest mistake I have made is not appreciating what has happened. Truth be told, life is great! The only way my twenties will have been wasted is if I get through them without feeling ecstatic about all the blessings God has flooded my life with and forgetting that everything has played out exactly the way that He intended.
“Gratitude” is what I’m talking about. If I come out of my twenties with gratitude and joy over my lot, in spite of my expectations, this decade will have been a success. 🙂
Tomorrow is “Embrace Your Geekness Day”!! (Who comes up with these?!) You may not know this, although I haven’t made any attempts to hide it, but there are plenty of things I could “geek out” about! I started to write about them all, and it got a little ridiculous. There was a particularly long paragraph about The Lord of the Rings.
What is “geekness,” though? I think it’s when you can’t contain excitement over a particular (often cerebral) interest, making you look uncool. People who say they don’t have any of these moments or interests are lying to you, and stifling them is so not the best way to live. In “embracing our geekness,” can we just say that we’re going to allow ourselves to thoroughly enjoy what we love, even if other people don’t?
I marvel at our capacity to enjoy things. Our ultimate enjoyment is only found in God, but he also created everything on Earth for us to enjoy. (It says so right here: 1 Timothy 6:17)
There are two quotes from C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters regarding this topic that I love. Remember, that these “letters” are the communication between two demons trying to keep the “patient” (human soul) away from the “Enemy” (God.)
“Never forget that when we are dealing with any pleasure in its healthy and normal and satisfying form, we are, in a sense, on the Enemy’s ground. I know we have won many a soul through pleasure. All the same, it is His invention, not ours.”
“The deepest likings and impulses of any man are the raw material, the starting point, with which the Enemy has furnished Him… I would make it a rule to eradicate from my patient any strong personal taste which is not actually a sin, even if it is something quite trivial such as a fondness for county cricket or collecting stamps or drinking cocoa. Such things, I grant you, have nothing of virtue in them; but there is a sort of innocence and humility and self-forgetfulness about them which I distrust. The man who truly and disinterestedly enjoys any one thing in the world, for its own sake, and without caring twopence what other people say about it, is by that very fact forearmed against some of our subtlest modes of attack.”
If you get excited going to a planetarium or museum, get excited. If you have fun watching sci-fi tv shows, have fun. If you enjoy playing strategy board games with your family, do it. Harmless interests and hobbies like these, in their proper place, make us who we are, which is apparently what God had in mind all along.