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Zing! or Lack Thereof - Issue 312
August 23, 2013
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This week I had one of the craziest days ever. I spent 4 hours driving my kids back and forth, in and out to town. It was one of those days where everything collided all on the same day. Naomi had different project for school, Jess had a special meeting, Josh had a one-off meeting and was unavailable to help with the driving. No-one’s times worked in with each other. I was exhausted by the end of the day, and very glad it wasn’t the norm!! Another highlight for me was Friday afternoon we made a quick decision to meet up with some friends in the park for afternoon tea. We must do this again… it wasn’t that hard to bake a cake, grab some cheese and crackers, a thermos and chairs. It was a lovely afternoon – we dwindled with our friends, not wanting to go home but were driven in the end by an onslaught of mosquitoes!

Big news for our family is that this week coming our Jessica heads over to Africa to spend a month with missionary-friends in Uganda. It will be a big adventure for her – we are very excited for her to take this opportunity and thankful to our friends who are helping this to happen.

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Zing! or Lack thereof

One of the most immobilising attitudes is that of apathy. As ‘older’ people we can look down on the youth of today and accuse them of apathy – but really whenever we point the finger at one person there are three fingers pointing back at ourselves. Are we apathetic?

According to the dictionary apathy means an absence or suppression of passion, emotion or excitement.

Are you passionate, emotional, or excited about life? About your children? About homeschooling them? About your marriage? About your home? About anything? About God? Or are you just humming along?

No doubt you started off with enthusiasm and energy. What happens along the way?

  • We focus on the wrong things – we need to ask ourselves, are we focusing on good things or God things. When we focus on what makes sense to man, on the normal things to do, on the standards of those around us, we lose our focus on what God wants of us.

  • Our life lacks margin and balance – running on adrenaline works for a while and then it is simply exhausting. We need to have space in our day: space to think, to rest, to create, imagine, to be. When we go from task to task, from appointment to appointment, we forget to breathe, we forget to enjoy life.

  • We lack health and well-being – We need to look after ourselves and at times it seems like a vicious cycle. We don’t have time to look after ourselves, but reality is we don’t have time not to look after ourselves. Sleep, water, exercise, healthy food choices, times of refreshing.

  • There is a lack of support and encouragement – we are not meant to do life solo so when we feel isolated (either emotionally or physically) it will take its toll. (Mind you, it is a good time to reflect on how encouraging and supportive we are of other people, regardless of their choices).

  • We live out of fear - Ecclesiastes 3 tells us there is a time for every purpose under the heaven. The question I ask myself often, is can I trust God – can I trust God’s timing, God’s purposes, God’s faithfulness? When I take things into my own hands it is a direct response to a lack of trusting God and I’m responding to a fear – a fear that I won’t be good enough, that I’ll miss out, that I’ll do something wrong.

Each of these things can stand alone and rob us of enthusiasm for life, or they can snowball into each other. We lack enthusiasm, or we give up hope, we become apathetic and only half hearted. What is robbing you of zing?

What to do about it? Our relationship with Jesus is central for our wellbeing. It isn’t as if Jesus is a motivational life-coach whizz – but rather when our heart is focused on loving Jesus, other things fall into place. Our life doesn’t become perfect, but rather He gives us a peace, which is beyond understanding, as we walk through whatever life has to offer. It would be easy to think that enthusiasm is the opposite of apathy – and maybe it is – but another aspect is peace with God. Peace comes when we are focused on Him, when we rely on Him.

  • But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31
  • He gives power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength. Isaiah 40:29
  • God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalms 46:1
  • That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. Ephesians 3:16

If you lack zing today – put aside sometime to dig into God’s Word, spend time loving Jesus!


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