Sunday, March 1, 2015

Becoming Undone

Every day we have a choice: to be happy or to be grumpy. Sometimes the choice is easy, obvious, and clear but other times we have to make that choice about a thousand times. And that's just 1 day.

For me the easiest way for me to become undone lies within my kids' health. One minute they're healthy and fine and the next minute it's the coldest snowiest February and we've got medicines lined up along the counter. This winter seems to be known for it's coldest temps, highest snow accumulations, and most RSV sightings on social media. Maybe that's just my newsfeed.

As a human we tend to wrap ourselves up in other people. Maybe it's your kids, your spouse, your parents, whoever is your closest and dearest. When they are at their worst, that just seems to transfer, one way or another. We take it and pile it on in heaps. And before we know it, we're drowning in their sickness but not receiving the medicine for it.

But instead we need to take some advice from our friendly neighborhood flight attendant. "If the plane drops and your air masks descend, please put your own mask on first before assisting others." We laugh at this don't we? Ha, of course I'll do that, everyone knows that. Until we get off the airplane, live our lives, start to descend, and no actual air mask is dangling in front of us.

We grasp for all we can for the other person, trying to help them, without receiving life first. On an airplane that would be dumb. In the real life that's normal.

So how do we do it? How do we remember to put our own air mask on first?
-Talk to someone
-Call or text people who can pray for you
-Remember to drink water, eat food, and get sleep----just like you're telling them to do
-Do what you can and let the rest go
-Remember this is just a season----whether it's long or short, it is just a season
-You're not alone

Winter is coming to an end, and hopefully this sickness season will too. Whatever the cause for you, may God heal your closest and dearest and may He put you back together again through it too.


  1. Really enjoyed this post. I very often let those around me dictate my actions and emotions and need lots of work and prayer in this area...