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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.


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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