IN THE NEWS:
* President invites Democrats & Republicans to White House to try to end 12 day government shutdown
* Toddler falls into rhino cage at central Florida zoo
* Pedestrian bridge collapsed in Moscow
* Roger Federer and Serena Williams faced off in legendary doubles match in Australia
* National Buffet Day
IN THE WORD:
Test of faithfulness: learning to worship God even during the difficult circumstances ~ Oswald Chambers
IN MY LIFE:
I know I should have probably titled today’s Daily Dash “Happy New Year” or something of the like, but I just couldn’t do it. To be honest, a lot has happened since I last sat on the dash.
Our family had a great time reconnecting with my best friend in North Carolina for a few days. We also met up with friends from church who drove there so we could all attend a UNC basketball game in the famed Dean Dome. It was my first time back to campus since graduating with my Masters Degree 20 years ago and my kids’ first home game there!
We flew home literally as the Titans lost their Wild Card game to the Colts and then the next day was New Year’s Eve, which we celebrated with some friends from church. Yesterday, we hosted a New Year’s pot luck at our house.
Amidst all that, we haven’t all been getting along well, so it was hard for me to get on camera authentically. In fact, I’m still working through some things, but I thought it was time to talk about it.
What I’m learning is that I’m not for everyone, and that’s OK. When I came to know Jesus in my twenties, I finally realized I couldn’t be everything to everyone. Still, part of me wants to be liked, as well as like everyone in return; let’s face it, that’s not realistic.
What I can do is be authentic, kind, humble and honest. I can learn to love as God loves and not sweat those who don’t care for me or care to be around me. Likewise in business: I’ve been stressing over all the things I didn’t accomplish by the end of the year or the goals I’ve yet to set for 2019; I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that it’s more important to chase after WHO God is and WHO He created me to be rather that worrying about what I am or am not doing.
As I’ve been to these two parties over the past two days, it’s cemented the fact that you can try over and over again to be friends with some people and it just doesn’t click, yet you can meet someone for a minute and feel like you’ve known them all your lives. Again, I’m not saying to completely write off some people while completely obsessing over others; what I am saying is to trust your gut, look for God winks, embrace the moment and find something positive in everyone.
As for me, I’m still struggling a bit with connecting my head and my heart around some things, so would you pray with me about that? And for those of you who do appreciate whatever this is I do each day, thank you.
PRAYER FOCUS: Authentic
As I strive to be authentic with myself, God and those around me, I pray the same for you today.
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