Worth Repeating {8/19/14}

19 Aug

worth_repeating

One of the most influential books in my life has been Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts. It was while reading her book that my eyes were opened to the immense ingratitude in my own life, and I started to learn that true joy comes through accepting.

It is a daily lesson, as my first reaction to situations or circumstances that I don’t like is to reject them. And as I sit with those emotions of anger and frustration — knowing that if I just accepted what God was allowing, I would find joy — I am reminded of these apt words from One Thousand Gifts:

“In this wilderness, I keep circling back to this: I’m blind to joy’s well every time I really don’t want it. The well is always there. And I choose not to see it. Don’t I really want joy? Don’t I really want the fullest life? For all my yearning for joy, longing for joy, begging for joy–is the bald truth that I prefer the empty dark? Prefer drama? Why do I lunge for control instead of joy? Is it somehow more perversely satisfying to flex control’s muscle? Ah–power–like Satan. Do I think Jesus-grace too impotent to give me the full life? Isn’t that the only reason I don’t always swill the joy? If the startling truth is that I don’t really want joy, there’s a far worse truth. If I am rejecting the joy that is hidden somewhere deep in this moment–am I not ultimately rejecting God? Whenever I am blind to joy’s well, isn’t it because I don’t believe in God’s care? That God cares enough about me to always offer joy’s water, wherever I am, regardless of circumstance…

The well is always here. God is always here–precisely because He does care.

3 Responses to “Worth Repeating {8/19/14}”

  1. Where She Went pdf August 25, 2014 at 5:50 pm #

    Hey there outstanding website! Does running a blog
    such as this take a massive amount work? I’ve
    virtually no knowledge of coding however I had been hoping
    to start my own blog in the near future.
    Anyway, should you have any recommendations or techniques for new blog owners
    please share. I understand this is off subject nevertheless I simply needed to ask.
    Cheers!

  2. Lisa August 26, 2014 at 8:06 am #

    I really appreciate this quote & your words too. Thanks Kathy. 🙂

  3. specialkkluthe September 8, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    @where she went- I admittedly know very little about the technical side of blogging. The WordPress platform makes it very easy to start and maintain a blog. I would look into that!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: