Living Life in a Fish Bowl!

Gloria’s take on life.

are you up for the challenge?

When I let go of my anxious need to know what will happen today,  when I trust whole-heartedly that God is with me, holding me safely in His hands, then I can live truly in the moment — paying attention to the many signs of God’s love within and all around me — knowing He is guiding my steps.

When I was working at the clinic it was easy to get into a rut.  Same ol thing, just a different day.  Same ol issues, just a different insurance company.  Blah, blah, blah, work,  work, work………

I quit almost three months ago and in my life now, there is nothing that resembles a rut.  In fact,  I am seeking to find the rhythm (which is different from a rut) that God would have for my life.  It seems that I am all over the place right now.

I was starting to wonder if we waited too long for me to quit.  The adjustment has certainly not gone as smooth as I anticipated.  God brought along a dear friend who shared with me her re-entry.  How encouraging it is was when she came along side me and spoke life into my frustrated heart

 This morning I read this quote on facebook.

“Don’t ask for comfort.   Don’t ask for ease.  Don’t ask for manageability.   Ask to be given a burden for a challenge bigger than yourself — one that can make a difference in the world, one that will require the best you have to give it and then leave some space for God besides.  Ask for a task that will keep you learning and growing and uncomfortable and hungry.” John Ortberg, “The Me I Want to Be”

Are you up for the challenge?  The challenge to learn, to grow and to stretch yourself beyond your own comfort zone – ask God for something bigger.

I must admit that I have recently asked God to give me a reprieve from the front lines of battle.  I wasn’t trying to be selfish.  I just desired a short rest.  I was so sure it would help when I was no longer stretched between church and clinic.   Instead what  I have found is that the need is so great.  Ministry opportunities are in abundance.   The enemy is seeking to destroy and if he can’t destroy then he will settle for wounding or benching Christians.  We are called to come along side those and encourage them.    This isn’t a football game.  No one should be sitting on the bench. 

There is Kingdom work to be done and the time for a reprieve from the battle is not now.    

It seems every day there are:  “fiery darts”  to put out (Ephesians 6:16)   —  ‘bruised reeds’ that needs fresh hope (Isaiah  42:3 & Luke 4:18)  — enemies that need love (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27. Luke 6:35)  abundant opportunities to practice the Golden Rule (Matthew 7:12) —  situations that need to be handled in love (Ephesians 4:15)  and the list goes on.   As Christians we are the only Bible some are reading.  In addition, it is so vital that we come along side other Christians, encouraging them, provoking them to love and good works.  (Hebrews 10:24)

In closing, we are called to greatness. Yet in my life, I can be the very thing that hinders that.  Settling for good enough is just that – settling.   Are you settling for mediocre?  “good enough”  or maybe even ‘someone else will do that”     Instead seek to be all that God created you to be.

On the agenda today — giving it my all!

til next time

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October 23, 2013 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

2 Comments »

  1. I rejoiced while reading this. One of my favourite subjects when presenting workshops/seminars was mediocrity vs excellence.

    I have also appreciated John Ortberg’s books, especially “If you want to walk on water, you have to get out of the boat” in which he asks the question “What are you doing that you couldn’t possibly do apart from the power and enabling of God?”. We should always have a current answer for that.

    When we aim for nothing, we will hit it every time.
    When we aim for mediocrity we will not even achieve that standard.
    When we aim for excellence we will far, far exceed mediocrity.

    Comment by meetingintheclouds | October 25, 2013 | Reply

    • great thoughts!

      Comment by Gloria | October 26, 2013 | Reply


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