Tuesday, August 31, 2004

Three things...

If I could only pick three things to have with me on a deserted island (which would hopefully be located in the Caribbean), a must have would be a yaht. This would be very helpful to do such things such as: return to Florida. The yaht would be brand new, complete with deck for lying out on, a small refrigerator, and what ever else standard yahts should have. I'm also assuming here that the yaht comes complete with sufficient gasoline, and a complete instruction manual of how to work it. If not, I think I would appreciate having my daddy there because he is smart and could probably figure out how it works. He is also tall and would be a great help to me to gather coconuts and other tropical fruits from the island, which would be found in an abundance, of course. The third thing I would really like to have would be a good book to read. It would have to be a very long one to last me all the way from my island out in the Caribbean to Florida. I think, that with all these three things available, my getting stuck on an island, would be more of a vacation! Hope I brought a swim suit!

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

The Grass is Always Greener...

The Grass is always greener on the other side! And I mean always -or thats how it appears to be. I spend so much time thinking "I'd be happier if..." that I don't stop to appreciate all the blessings which God has given me. Only later do I realize how selfish I was, I want to recall those blessings which have gone, and the cycle begins all over again!
One example of this is that at the end of the school year, I didn't want it to be over, because I was actually enjoying myself! I spent half the summer wanting to go back to school again, instead of being thankful for family time during the summer. Then, when I began working, I spent so much time dreaming about school starting that I ignored the others that God had placed around me. And then, to make matters even worse: the first day of school, I wanted desperately to go back to summer break again!
The whole thing just goes to show how selfish and ungrateful I am. And when I think about it what I was saying to God was: "What I want is best, not your way!" . Just thinking about it humbles me.
At the retreat I decided that the area I am going to work on this year is: DELIGHTING myself in God. That means in all situations! Although I didnt do so well at first, by God's grace, I am actually exciting about coming to school now. So PLEASE, friends, keep reminding me of this throughout the year because I will need the accountability!!