Monday, 4 December 2017
Yesterday was the second Sunday in which we examined characters from the Christmas story. It seemed early in the season to be speaking about Mary, but since the focus was on hectic lives Mary stood out as one whose life must have surely been hectic. Her strong commitment to align herself with God's way gave some insight for our own hectic lives. First was her attitude, which was to see the blessing amidst the busyness. Attitude can certainly shape life's experience. It is interesting to note that the Buddha observed that one source of suffering was an endless longing for things to be different. If we can accept reality but shape our attitude to bring hope out of chaos than we will have transformed the chaos. The other perspective I discerned was the need to have purpose in life. Too often we drift through life. Even the busiest of people can simply be caught up in the flow without being intentional about their choices and activities. Being clear about one's purpose may be another way to bring order to hectic lives. I suggested that Jesus had defined a broad purpose - namely to love God, neighbour and self. While I think this maxim is foundational for Christians, we still have to discern how to implement it in our specific life situations. I am curious to know if you find life hectic ... and more so at this time of year. What are your strategies for surviving? How do you shape your attitude? Do you have a clear sense of purpose in your life that guides you? I'd love to hear your response.