"Do now, do now, what you will wish to have done when your moment comes to die." [St. Angela Merici]

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Getting to the Heart of Our What

By Micky Wolf

I never cease to be amazed at the “suddenlies” God allows us to experience, usually for reasons beyond any human comprehension, at least at the time they occur. Such was the case Tuesday morning as I learned of the death of a dear friend. His passing came as a shock to many of us. Seventy-five years are a precious gift, yet all the more that his departure from this life to the next will leave a huge hole in the hearts of many people, especially his beloved wife of fifty years, adult married daughter (only child), and special granddaughter.

God truly does work in mysterious ways. In praying for the family and thinking about the years we have been blessed with their friendship, I stared at the post which I had already written for this week, and which follows.

Something to ponder. And remember, there is NO right or wrong answer.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

A sense of duty? Your job? Responsibilities in the home, with extended family, or friends? In ministry?

All of the above?

As you think about the question, try to name the emotions you are feeling. Here’s a list of the primary ones to help you.

Anger, Courage, Desire, Despair, Fear, Hate, Hope, Love, Joy, Sadness

Be honest. That may be the hardest part of this exercise.

It’s important to know there’s nothing wrong with feeling sadness, anger, hate, fear or despair when it comes to acknowledging the truth about the way we feel about anything.

At the same time, if we discover we feel these darker emotions more often than courage, desire, hope, love and joy, then it might be time to allow God to show us there are other choices, other options, other ways to live out the purpose and meaning of our life.

By first tapping into the emotion of courage and embracing the feelings associated with our “what”, we just might be surprised to discover God’s “what” for our life.

Getting to the (emotional) heart of what we are thinking and feeling and how our thoughts and emotions impact the choices we make (or don’t make) every morning may be one of the toughest challenges we ever face. And yet, the greatest invitation we will ever receive to wake up and get moving in a manner which truly gives honor and praise to the One who has breathed us into being.


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