It takes hands to build a house, but only hearts can build a home.

Author Unknown

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Chapter 12, Page 20, Book 14

A lot of disappointed people have been left standing on the street corner waiting for the bus marked Perfection. 

 Donald Kennedy

Waiting during Advent isn’t about doing nothing, but doing the right thing.

Think about how the farmers wait. They wait for rain. They wait for crops to grow. They wait for the harvest. But no one confuses a farmer’s waiting with doing nothing, because as they wait, they do what they know how to do. They do what they can, knowing God will do the rest.

That is what our waiting time should be like…doing what we can and knowing God will do the rest.

During Advent, we spend four weeks trying to balance ourselves. Like standing in the middle of a seesaw, we often have one foot in the materialistic world of gifts, decorating and parties, while the other foot is in the spiritual world of prayerfully expecting the miracle of Christ’s birth.

The key to overcoming burn out is to carve out some you time in your day. Yes, you may have to settle for less than a perfect home, but so what. The goal is to lessen your burden so that you can rediscover the balance your body needs.

 So as Christmas draws near, let’s set our hearts on preparing the way for Jesus. 

Christmas, my child, is love in action.
Every time we love, every time we give,
it’s Christmas.

 Dale Evans


jack69 said...

Good entry, but the best part to me is the example of the farmer. that one is 'spot-on'. learning to wait is a tough lesson, but the lesson can be learned (with a lot of effort and attention).
Take care and stay warm.

Scrappy quilter said...

I learnt years ago that I needed time for me. When I don't take that time it really messes up my day. Hugs

betty said...

I admire farmers because they just plant and wait, not sure how the planting will come out, etc., but they patiently wait until things begin to grow. It is hard to imagine tomorrow is the 4th Sunday of Advent. This waiting seemed to have gone by fast!


Buttercup said...

Learning patience is my greatest life lesson. Each year I learn a little more about the importance of patience.

Mevely317 said...

Mr. Kennedy's post sure struck a chord!
When I heard Tom's sis and BIL were coming for the holidays, we planned to replace the dog-stained, wine-stained carpet in our 'great room.' Then some unforeseen expenses popped up, and here we sit with the same old ugly carpet.
This post does lots to quell the butterflies in my tummy!