I’ve pretty much made up my mind: there’ll be no second year for my lifestyle blog Live Joy-Fully! I had given this much thought during the holidays. With my deepening desire to spend more time in the presence of the Lord, I had felt that that “little” blog had become superfluous. I still have another blog (the very first I put up) beside this – Minister of Mercy, and I also maintain our company’s website. Needless to say, I have enough on my plate. But, of course, I can never discount the year that Live Joy-Fully! had served my purpose: To chronicle the daily ordinary in my world and in so doing, I might convert it into joy. I had felt the need to capture it in words on a page and share it to the world.
Writing about the daily ordinary was like being “defiant” that however mundane the happenings in my world were, they could be special. And I know they were. Every single one of them was grace from the Lord. But I need not share them. I will continue celebrating life – like preparing those scrumptious pastries and dishes, arranging flowers, making improvements in the home – but I will just revel in the glory of it quietly, much like Mary who “kept all these things and pondered them in her heart” in the occasion of the Savior’s birth. My family would never know how much joy seeing them enjoy the food I prepare brings. And these are priceless treasures that need to be kept in the heart and memory.
For the longest time, I had carried a gnawing ache deep inside for a piece of my old life – the traveling part. The pain would be aggravated when I see “reminders” around me. It had been like a heavy burden I’d been hauling around. It’s true that amidst my ailing life, I overflow in inspiration and never run out of joy – I owe all that to the Lord! But accompanying my daily desire to delight in Him is the unshakable nuisance that is my longing for a piece of the world. But recently during a Spirit-filled worship, I was reminded that the Lord is actually my world.
If He is my world then I lack no good thing. If He is my world then I am at the center of all divine blessings and adventures and not being left behind as I had always felt and believed. It is true – the Lord is my world and I understand that it is entirely different from the world we know of. Entirely different in terms of wealth, happiness, values, and experience. We can never compare the two so I will not even attempt to do it. I just need to embrace it. You, too, friend, who abide in the Lord Jesus Christ and walk in the Spirit. He is your world. Gladly embrace that truth.
Another important reason why I’m cutting down on not-too-important tasks is the new book I’m writing. To be honest, I squirm when I say that I’m writing a book because I’m not even a known blogger let alone an author. But the Lord has given me something to learn in my own life and write about it. I have come to realize that this something is equally important both in daily life and in our spiritual journey. I am far from having perfected it. I can say that I’m yielding myself to the training at the same time that I’m writing about it. We need strict discipline to accomplish that which the Lord has assigned us to do.
Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. (1 Cor. 9:25 NIV)
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