Midday blog: So, I was noticing some things…
This week I mixed together some things I have read or come across. Random stuff.
Place: Huntington Beach, CA
Young male waiter: Coffee?
Me: Decaf please.
Waiter: Oh, I drink decaf too.
Me: Yeah – those of us who drink decaf have a story to tell!
Waiter: I just had too much caffeine in life.
Me: (thinking to myself) Now, there’s a story in there!
“In South Africa, deeply rooted injustices keep millions in life-denying captivity.” Trevor Hudson in Discovering Our Spiritual Identity: Practices for God’s Beloved
(I’m thinking: God, how can Christians bestow Luke 4:16-21 on America?)
“The manure of our lives should not be hidden from God; it should be dug into our souls so that its nutrients can help produce needed growth. While we may think of these things as ‘negative,’ ‘ungodly,’ or ‘shameful,’ they are the very things that provide spiritual nutrients for growth. Why? Because they make us humble, human, humus, of the earth; they teach us to be dependent upon God, to know that we are always beginners… if we dig things into our spiritual life, the soil will be much richer and earthier than if it is nourished only with sweet piety and affected goodness.” from Becoming Human – Core Teachings of Jesus, by Brian C. Taylor.
(I’m thinking: God, help me to open my arms to what life brings – even the stuff I want to turn away – and surrender to You in deepening trust.)
on Twitter @Harry_Styles: “Get in the shower if it all goes wrong.”
(I’m thinking: Amen. Wash it all away. Dry off. Start over. Yes, to fresh starts.)
How about you – what have you noticed lately? What about it made you stop and think?
Melinda Schmidt is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and holds a Broadcasting/Bible degree from Calvary Bible College. She has served with Moody Radio since 1980 in various hosting capacities. Married with two young adult children, Melinda lives outside Chicago, loves reading, developing her creative interests and hopes to be a life-long learner. Twitter: @melindaschmidt