I read a beautiful message this morning from Ann Voskamp's website, A Holy Experience, and wanted to share. It seemed like more of the right thing to do than anything else i could say today. If you haven't already, you must go visit this site. She speaks with such honesty, compassion, and reliability. I am always stunned by the way her organic flow of words communicate the Gospel so beauitfully. Maybe what i love the most about her messages are that they are filled with gratitude for everyday things. This is by no means my strength but it is one of my most consistent prayers. That everyday I would appreciate the beauty embedded within it and thank God for it. Like a beautiful glimpse of the sunshine, a newly blooming tree, a brother's hug, a friend's text, a really good bowl of soup at lunch..all the ingredients that make up our days but i never stop to recognize. John Claypool likes to say "Life is a gift." I repeatedly ask myself- am I living that way? Ann does a great job of recognizing that life is a gift & reading her messages will inspire you to as well. Today this particular message was about loving when it is inconvenient. Below are some of my favorite passages from the piece but go here to read the whole thing.
"There are one of two roads you can take through life: the Impressive Road or the Eulogy Road.The Impressive Road is about impressing people, about creating your own parade of accomplishments, about trying to get people to step outside and applaud when you pass by.And the Eulogy Road is about about letting the love of God and the needs of people impress and form and shape you, about being the Samaritan who sacrifices to help the other wounded paraders, about stepping inside to applaud the forgotten and about never passing anyone by.What drives us and this world, and drives us to drive our children, to build a successful life of laurels rather than focusing on building a meaningful life of love?All that show up at funerals are your friends and family — not all of your feats.
And that’s why we all pulled on those socks that you knit us and we showed up —- because you were the kind of person who showed up when it was inconvenient because that is what showing up means. Your handwritten notes showed up with a box of my favorite chocolate bars on the day when I could hardly swallow for the grief. You’re the one who made the point to reach out in the middle of the night when life as we knew it was imploding and you were never afraid of our pain.You were the kind of person who never counted on somebody else to show up for us, so you didn’t have to — because you knew that:The people who can be counted on to show up are the only ones who have something real to show for their life, whose lives really add up to anything at all.
You pursued souls instead of success.You made your life ultimately about being inconvenienced because there is ultimately nothing more impressive.
The only way to live a remarkable life, is not to get everyone to notice you, but to leave noticeable marks of love everywhere you go." - Ann Voskamp
Hope y'all have great days!