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Religious overtones, so beware!

I wrote a lot last night, and posted it, but then I decided to just make it for me only. Why? I dunno. Let me think. Well, some of it seemed like I was going on about being tired. Then I also wrote about the whole LJ debacle, but I didn't really want anyone to start raving about that on my LJ. I'm so not into pornography or explicit sex, or even discussing it (it's a like a work issue in our house, after all!), that I wouldn't want to go there. And I wrote about Mass, and that was quite interesting... shall I share the point I made there? It was this:
-Our priest, JCjnr, asked me to read something during his sermon. It was a hard read, lots of big words - he often asks me. The point the review was making - (it was a review of a book that has been written about God, by someone not really qualified for the job, according to the reviewer, and it wasn't a religious newspaper or anything, it was the Guardian or some suchlike) - anyway, the point that was really the culmination of the article was that God doesn't have a neurotic need for us, he just wants the chance to love us, to be friends with us.

I liked that.


And Phil Gulley's sermon that came in this morning seems to be written right for me right now, as it often does. I have been thinking about why I'm doing the job I'm doing, and how much I enjoy it, and how much the girls mostly seem to enjoy having me around, and whether there was some reason me and this job came together so unexpectedly, and Phil writes this:
In his book, Wishful Thinking, Frederick Buechner, writes about vocation and doing God’s will. He said, “The kind of work God usually calls you to is the kind of work (a) that you need most to do and (b) that the world most needs to have done. If you really get a kick out of your work, you’ve presumably met requirement a, but if your work is writing cigarette ads, the chances are you’ve missed requirement b. On the other hand, if your work is being a doctor in a leper colony, you have probably met requirement b, but if most of the time you’re bored and depressed by it, the chances are you have not only bypassed a, but probably aren’t helping your patients much either.”
Then he said this wise, beautiful truth — “The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.”

Maybe, and yeah, I'm sounding kind of religious here, but maybe this is God's call... I dunno. Phil also talks about looking after oneself, and I appreciated his words,
-If you ever want to wear yourself out and make yourself miserable, make it your goal to try and please everyone. I’m not urging you to be selfish, just reminding you of the importance of appropriate self-love. You have to take care of yourself first. It’s like when you’re riding on an airplane, the plane loses pressure, and the oxygen masks drop down. You have to put yours on first, then you look around and help someone else.
Good advice, I suspect. I don't take much time to look after myself properly.
And this was good too:
-When discerning what we need to do, we listen to ourselves, while remaining sensitive to God’s priorities of love and compassion so we don’t become self-absorbed.
I recall having a friend who boasted about being 99% selfish, and I used to wonder why I couldn't try that. But I have to admit that I get so much joy, fulfillment, stimulation, growth and love from being unselfish - well - I guess that answers that. I'm clearly meant to be out there *g* so I think I'll settle for getting by for the next four weeks of term, looking after my family, having fun, doing the job as best I can, taking care of myself, keeping in touch with you here, being the best person I can be and just *shrug* enjoying my writing whenever I get the chance! So if you need me, yell loudly, I might not hear you in the rush by otherwise.

I've been up for five hours now and OMG it's still not even lunch time. We had to go to an early soccer game. And it's c-c-c-cold here today.

And holidays in July. That's not so far away, huh.

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greenpizzazz6
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:36 am (UTC)
You can always share with us! That's what filters were made for!
But I understand wanting to keep entries private sometimes. Sometimes you want to write it all out, but you don't feel like sharing everything with the world.

I recall having a friend who boasted about being 99% selfish, and I used to wonder why I couldn't try that.
I sometimes find myself thinking the same thing, but like you, I rather enjoy being unselfish, so I try to keep on with it.

I think your plan sounds good. Keep on looking forward to those holidays. July will be here before you know it.
natesmountain
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:41 am (UTC)
-You can always share with us!
Thanks! I try not to see it as whining - a friend used to call it that, which I think was pretty unfair, considering what I get done - anyway *shrug*, on the whole, I think I'm trying to be mostly positive in the face of occasional adversity LOL! As are you!!
- but like you, I rather enjoy being unselfish, so I try to keep on with it.
Yeah, it'd be nice to not live up to obligations, to never be asked to do any jobs... but then again, it is reasonably enjoyable once you get out there, huh.
greenpizzazz6
Jun. 4th, 2007 12:49 am (UTC)
I try not to see it as whining
Which it's most definitely not! Just sharing life.

I think I'm trying to be mostly positive in the face of occasional adversity LOL! As are you!!
Yeah, it's rough sometimes isn't it? But, for the most part, I think we do okay.

Yeah, it'd be nice to not live up to obligations, to never be asked to do any jobs...
Yeah, sometimes I just want to sit back and let other people handle it all! But I suppose I would be bored without all that stuff, so it's okay in the end.
natesmountain
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:09 am (UTC)
-Yeah, sometimes I just want to sit back and let other people handle it all!
You might also get irritated, because you'd know you could do a better job! I know I do, even when I don't want to! So it's easier to just do it sometimes, get the damn jobs done and rest later LOL!!!

-Which it's most definitely not! Just sharing life.
I think you're right. And sharing means a lot. It does to me, anyway.
greenpizzazz6
Jun. 4th, 2007 01:36 am (UTC)
And sharing means a lot. It does to me, anyway
Me too.

You might also get irritated, because you'd know you could do a better job!
Yup, like they say, if you want it done right, do it yourself!
moth2fic
Jun. 4th, 2007 10:19 am (UTC)
Yeah! I think that sermon was especially for you! The bit about taking care of yourself first so that you can look after other people properly!! Your own physical and mental health matter enormously.
Hope you're feeling better, tongue-wise!
Does the term end in four weeks? You're bound to be tired at this stage of a new job and any term - just try not to let it get you down too much!! And feel free to rant or whatever!
natesmountain
Jun. 5th, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
-Yeah! I think that sermon was especially for you! The bit about taking care of yourself first so that you can look after other people properly!! Your own physical and mental health matter enormously.
It's something I'm not good at looking after, me. And today was crappy, but that was coming back after a relieving teacher and then a long weekend. Tomorrow should be better...

- And feel free to rant or whatever!
Thanks! I will!
microjotz
Jun. 4th, 2007 02:30 pm (UTC)
This Phil's sermon *giggle*:

You can always put those posts under lock,then only we read them.Dont bottle things up, we care !

natesmountain
Jun. 5th, 2007 05:43 am (UTC)
-This Phil's sermon *giggle*:
Hee, I have my three Lizs and my two Phils *g*

-Dont bottle things up, we care !
Thank you. I guess I will keep letting it all out then!
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