Saturday, June 4, 2016

Dear Friend

Dear Friend,

It’s been a week since I got home from my annual writer’s conference, and I haven’t written a thing. I was reminded of something we were told that I probably hear every year. Define your audience, and write to just one person. Writing to one person makes your writing personal. If you have a story to tell, share it with your friend. If you have a point to get across, share it with your friend. Write as if you are sitting at the coffee shop across from your friend sharing life. And so I have chosen a friend to share with. I have chosen you. Grab a cup of coffee, and hear my heart. Three things I’ve thought about today.

Slow Down

In the busyness of life, sometimes I think I’m missing what God wants to tell me. Today I went to Walmart to grocery shop. I know, I know. Yikes. I became frustrated in crowded aisles where employees were stocking shelves that didn’t appear to need stocking at 3:00 in the afternoon. Can’t they do that overnight?

And you know how it is at Walmart and most grocery stores. People either bring the entire family including Aunt Susan and Gramma and Papa or they stop to text those they didn’t bring in the middle of an aisle big enough for three carts but being taken up by their one. I was frustrated because I was in a hurry. Then I realized there was no need for me to be in a hurry. I had plenty of time. But I’m always in a hurry. I need to slow down. I felt like God told me to slow down so I can listen for His voice. Who knows what needs I could meet that I have missed or what blessings I could receive that I miss? So slow down.

Don’t Judge

I worry too much about what others think of me. God has shown me that I worry about being judged because I can be quick to judge. Last night I stopped at Walmart for cat food. No, I don’t go there every day. This was an easy trip because I got to use the express lane.

The lady two people in front of me was in no hurry with regard for those of us behind her. She was chatting with her son and she forgot her pin number on her card and had to pay cash, so she was digging through a one gallon baggie to come up with enough change to pay for her items. The older lady (I use that term loosely these days) in front of me turned and looked at me and rolled her eyes. I understood her frustration.

But today I found myself at Walmart stopping on the way out to read a text from my husband. As two others darted around me to get to their cars, I realized they were probably judging me the same as I did the lady paying for her groceries with coins last night. I don’t know her situation. And others don’t know mine. But I do know we all have situations in our lives, and that makes us all the same.

If I worry about a bad hair day, it’s because I notice when others have a bad hair day. If I worry about looking fat in my jeans, it’s because I notice when others look fat in theirs. Okay, there’s my honesty. By the way, your hair looks great and you look really skinny in those jeans. But I am learning more and more that these things are NOT what is important in life. It’s our heart, which brings me to number three.

Read God’s Word Every Day

If I could share nothing else, this would be the one thing most important to me. I plead with you to please go to the Bible every day. When I miss a day, I can tell. It’s not one particular thing, but it’s an emptiness in my heart. I don’t know how else to describe it. Each time I miss spending time in God’s Word makes it easier to miss the next day. If I miss very many, my entire life feels catawampus. That’s the best word I can come up with to describe it. Please, please hear my heart and take me up on this challenge. Go to God and His Word every day, and let me know if you don’t notice a difference. It’s not possible.

So dear friend, this is my heart today. And since this is just between us friends, please share your heart with me. Leave a comment. I look forward to our next cup of coffee.