At the height of my professional career, I came across a verse by an unknown author that had a profound impact on me. The verse that I typed and pinned onto my bedroom door has long since withered, but I came across a copy today which I would like to share.
I think it was perhaps this daily reminder of whose applause really mattered – and how I would face my Maker with my life’s story – that maybe influenced me to retire early from the commercial, success-oriented, rat race – to live a more ‘fruitful’ and meaningful life.
I can’t say that I have achieved this, and sometimes wonder whether I have actually ‘wasted my talents’ as a professional who was good at her job (my family is always on at me about this!!), but I feel that I am a happier and more content person.
Whether My Lord will clap at the way I have spent the last 10+ years is something that I am not so sure about. There has been some good, quite a bit of bad and a whole lot of ‘wasted’ time. Honestly, I could have done better. Much much better.
As for the next few years …. (or months, or weeks or days … who knows how much time any of us have) …
It’s time to put back my poster 🙂 !
Ah, this is a good one. My favorite is to remember the story of Elijah, hiding in the cave, and a storm passes and the wind, but the Lord comes in a whisper. I listen for whispers.
Elijah and the wind – one of the most dramatic and poignant scenes. I love it too. Can just imagine the scene – storms and hurricanes and (our) expectations that God will manifest in those …. and then the contrast of quiet and a whisper. Silence. That’s when I too like to listen.