A Summer Storm

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I walked past the beautiful flowers of red and white on my way to work yesterday morning and breathed in the heavenly scent of rain. The pavement wet with it and the puddles in the street reflected the cloud filled sky. It is late June and we are experiencing a soft summer rain for a couple of days. The grey skies cast a soft light on everything and those pretty flowers between Whole Foods and Charming Charlie’s at The Fountain’s seem brighter than ever.

It is in moments like this when I think to myself, “I need to take some time and write”. But then the days blur by spent at work, at church, at home or on the road to somewhere.

I am always glad school is out for the summer and the task master of the 6am alarm clock is silenced for a few weeks. The first week is wondrous with everyone sleeping in until 7am and it feeling so luxurious. The second week is lopsided with late family nights and early work mornings. By the third week healthy habits slip to the wayside and housework suffers. I step over toys and shoes and clothes to make my way to a sink full of dirty dishes only to turn around and think, “Nope, ain’t nobody got time for that”.

Finally , I muster the energy to clean up a bit and wistfully think of the days a few weeks ago when I got up early and got so much more done.

Such is frustration of the human heart, always wanting what you don’t have. Or more: wishing for benefits of discipline without, well…discipline.

I was listening an Elevation Podcast this morning and Pastor Stephen Furtick said, “Today’s excuses are tomorrow’s regrets in disguise”.

It is so easy to let the valid reasons of yesterday (I don’t have time, I don’t have the energy) become the flimsy excuses of today. Too soon the days blur by and some important things slip by the wayside.

“Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”(James 1:4 NIV)

Begin again.

Surrender to perseverance instead of pessimism.

Enjoy the season you are in while still holding onto the important things of the season before.

Don’t get lulled into the blur, go boldly forward in God’s power.

Tomorrow is a new day, use it wisely.

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