New friends ask me, "Being blind, how do you put on your make-up?"
My answer is simple: I do it carefully.
After living with
complete blindness for 33 years, I often forget my limitations. But
trouble comes when getting ready to go out. I pry myself from endless
tasks. At the last minute, I rush around like a crazy woman. I hop in
the shower, slip on my robe and dash into my walk-in closet.
Frantically, I slide hangers, looking for any outfit to wear.
do I do this with no sight? It's pretty simple. When I purchase an item,
I store in my memory its characteristics--the texture, the shape of the
neckline, buttons or length of sleeve. One light touch tells me what the
item is. But when I'm in a hurry, trying to find the right outfit gets a
bit tough. Not because I can't see, but because I just have too many
clothes. Way more than any blind gal should be allowed to have. The bar
holding all those hangers is probably sagging from the weight.
A jammed-filled closet and a
Oh, how my jammed closet
resembled my life--full of tasks of all kinds and sizes. Like a squirrel
running from tree to tree, I'd dash from one task to another.
had no choice--lots of people to please. Fueling that desire, even as a
young girl, I tried to perform to win my parents' and teachers'
approval. Later on, I wanted to please my family, my employer, and my
friends. Phew! I thought that the only way to please myself was by
Have you been there? The pleasing craze explodes.
We rush through life eager to make someone happy. And the level of
stress and tension rises like the thermometer in Orlando's summers.
So this season of our life, how about if we vow to cool off. God
never meant us to live in the heat of tension. He gave one pretty
refreshing directive: "Master, which is the greatest commandment in
the law? Jesus said unto him, you shall love the Lord your God with all
your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."
(Matthew 22:36-37 NIV).
When life sags from the weight of
countless tasks, obeying His greatest commandment is the key to peaceful
success. Early In the morning as we slide our feet into our slippers,
this is what should play in our head: Loving God means receiving His
peace. And when the world robs it, here are six secrets to bring it
* Inviting Him into our day.
* Drawing wisdom from His
word to place the correct order to our priorities.
* Presenting Him
with our to-do list for His approval.
* Giving thanks in advance for
glitches as we know He will resolve.
* Invite into our day moments of
silence in His presence to refuel our energy.
* Inhale the aroma of
His reassurance for calmness.
Deviating from His ways equals
burnout. But obeying His greatest commandment ushers wisdom to: arrange
priorities; press forth when fatigued; bring clarity when confused; be
calm when overwhelmed; and know the warmth of His love.
that sparks a desire to please Him. To receive His rest. And to know His
peace because "It's useless to rise early and go to bed late, and
work your worried fingers to the bone. Don't you know He enjoys giving
rest to those He loves?" (Psalm 127:2, MSG).
Father, the tension and stress of life are keeping me from experiencing
your peace, which I so long for. I invite you into my day and look to
you to bring the calmness and peace I seek. In Jesus' name, amen.
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