MONDAY MUSINGS: Boiling it Down

February 6, 2012 at 4:13 AM 4 comments

Mmm…yeah…what were those ingredients again?

I gotta admit, answering Ramon Presson’s questions for interviewing 2011  last week was quite an empowering experience. It really helped me articulate what I did (and didn’t) want to see in 2012, and the newfound clarity left me feeling all but unstoppable. You know, like you feel after watching twelve straight hours of the Food Network: you just know you could waltz into the kitchen and whip up a 7-course dinner out of whatever random tidbits you find in the pantry.

That is, til you remember you haven’t been to the grocery store in like…forever. And whatever’s left in the pantry is either moldy or so far past its expiration date the ants won’t even touch it. But I digress. (plate that, Mad Hungry…)

After a few days, though, I wasn’t feeling quite so unstoppable. In fact, I was verging on downright overwhelmed. Why? Because I couldn’t remember all the ingredients. All the things I’d gleaned from my interview with 2011 had begun to merge together in my brain. I couldn’t hold them all in my head at once, and so I began to lose focus and strength. I was pretty sure that one grey day in February or March, I’d find myself asking, “Mmm…now what were my priorities for 2012 again?” Or worse still, I’d just drift along and never even think to ask the question.

So I’m realizing that, for me at least, it’s important to distill those broader goals down to a few essential categories. Health. Ministry. Relationships. Stuff like that. Otherwise I run the risk of just hoping for better things, rather than making actual progress. I also feel the need to listen more closely for the lessons God’s wanting to teach me this year. I know they’re there…I just need to slow down long enough to hear them.

So that’s my objective this week. To let all my good intentions “boil down” to their basic elements, and see what I’ve really got. Like when you toss a bunch of vegetables in a pot of water and let ’em simmer. Once they boil down a while, you’ve got a satisfying meal. Until then, they’re just some random things you threw together.

I hope today is the beginning of a blessed week for you. And if you haven’t already, I hope you start noticing the categories God is speaking to you about in 2012: broccoli, carrots, pasta…love, joy, peace…who knows!

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  • 1. Elizabeth Hutchison  |  February 6, 2012 at 5:28 AM

    What a great visual that will help me remember the essentials. How easy it is to forget, when moving from day to day,that I have a purpose, and need to be purposeful. Thanks for the reminder!

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    • 2. Kimosphere  |  February 6, 2012 at 1:55 PM

      Thanks, Elizabeth. I think we all need those reminders, as daily life tends to drum the purposefulness out of us, if we’re not careful. Thanks for your comment!

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  • 3. Evan Money  |  February 7, 2012 at 3:54 PM

    We always over estimate what we can get done in a day! Like you Kim, I get overwhelmed pretty easy and the natural thing to do it just stop.

    So I just go back to my “one thing” rule. What’s the “one thing” I can do today to bring me closer to my dream. That one thing may be, going to the grocery store : )

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    • 4. Kimosphere  |  February 7, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Yes, the “one thing” rule is a beautiful thing! Because there’s always a next step to be done, that’s within our reach. Thanks, Evan!

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Each new day offers a fresh opportunity to learn or languish, stagnate or grow. Like all sincere Christians, I face the ongoing challenge of finding THE GROWING EDGE.

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1. LISTEN without interrupting
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2. SPEAK without accusing
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3. GIVE without sparing
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4. PRAY without ceasing
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5. ANSWER without arguing
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6. SHARE without pretending
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9. FORGIVE without punishing
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