For all of you anal-retentive folks, there will be a part 2 to the honesty piece. If you do not know what I speak of, consider yourself, un-anal.
Well, I am hitting the books and Ginny is enjoying having her mother in town for a visit. That is, we both are enjoying having her mother in town.
Ginny has been working again at a gym here in town. She likes the break it provides from jewelry. Thanks to all of you who have continued to pray and peek in on what we are experiencing.
The journey that is Eliot has brought with it so much learning- to attempt a list is nothing short of ridiculous. Volumes could not hold the ideas, once thought, and now known- the faith, once hoped for, and now battle-tested. I not only desire to never be the same, I know I cannot. Experience changes everything. With that said, here are 10 things I know I have learned through it all. The work is incomplete and will forever be on this side, but a shift has taken place, as evidenced by the list below.
→ God is not who I thought He was.
I have waded into the waters of His mystery. He did not fit in my box.
→ I will never sit idly by when another is in pain and question what good I could do.
I desire to love others the way we have been shown love throughout. The kind that digs in and won’t pretend that things are good, but won’t dare not be there. May I be the first to cut through the awkwardness, that life so often brings, and make the call or hug the neck.
→ I will find common ground with the one who hurts, through the fact that I have felt pain, and never in the idea that I know what they are going through.
Pain cannot be measured. Cannot be compared. Only experienced.
→ I will attempt to not fear what I consider my worst nightmares, because precisely therein, lies great joy.
→ Daily examine the things that worry me. Throw away the petty, and pray for the others.
→ God is most glorified when I am honest with Him, myself, and those around me.
Anything less than the truth reflects the fact that I do not think my true self is worthy of His love, thus, admitting that His grace must fall short.
→ I must be more handsome than I thought because people told me my son looked like me.
→ I will seek God by seeking out the weak and humble. For this is where He chooses to show Himself most boisterously.
→ I am capable of greater love than I knew was within me.
→ I thought I had a faith. Now I know it is all I have.
→ My wife is more amazing than I realized.
Yes, another test for the retentive...that’s 11.
Matt & Ginny Mooney