Not to be preach-ety preachy and all, because how many times have I already learned these lessons and how many more times will it take…but mainly for my own reminders…a little list of a few things I learned on butt rest.
1) Being able to serve others is a gift. Seriously – even just your daily tasks at taking care of a family – that’s service. When you can’t do it, you realize what a blessing it is to be able to at all.
2) Take care of yourself first. That whole thing about putting on your oxygen mask before you stick the kids’ on. I know, you’re all “sure. whatever.” Well, I first got hurt just before Halloween. And was “too busy” dealing with a couple kids who had very real and immediate needs, so I convinced myself I couldn’t make time to go to the doctor for me. So when I finally went 3 months later, I had to deal not only with the initial injury, but the fact I “traumatized” (doctor’s words) the injury by walking on it that much longer – and now I’ll be paying for it over a much longer period of time with a small AND a large surgery instead of just a small one. That was dumb.
3) Learning to receive graciously is critical. That goes for even things as small as compliments, friends, but largery things, too.
4) Sometimes I do put too high a priority on cleaning, I think. But in the long run, systems and routines and a tidy house makes our family happier and life run more smoothly.
5) All you need is less. The more stuff you have, the more time you spend managing the THINGS instead of enjoying the PEOPLE and TIME you have to share with them.
6) Rest and be thankful. There’s a bench in a small church garden in Carmel, CA engraved with those words. I had them engraved on a sign for our home some time ago. So important.
7) Be your own miracle. So in Judges 6 Gideon is complaining to God that they’ve not seen the miracles they heard about from the time of the Israelites, and “hey, God, we need to be saved from the Midionites…where is our miracle?” And God looks on Gideon and says “have I not sent thee?” Hey, Gideon – you’re the miracle…go DO the miracle. My lesson was to not just sit and stew in the hard…find things we could do to lighten our burden ourselves as much as we could.
8) Then go be the miracle for someone else. We have been the recipients of amazing amounts of love and service. People who might’ve said “hey, their life is really hard right now…where’s their miracle?” Then they heard that still, small voice whisper “You can go be the miracle.” A lot of people would say “oh, it’s nothing” when we thanked them. A lot of times it wasn’t practical help as much as it was lifting of spirit type help. I had gotten myself into a bad dude mood type attitude that didn’t allow me to hear the Spirit, or let me access the comforting gift of the Spirit that I needed. When people helped lightened my mood and Spirit, I was able to feel that comforting Spirit again that I needed so much. Anything you do for someone else to help them, to lighten their mood and allow them to feel the Holy Ghost just a bit…that’s not a small thing.