On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It

On Fire: Finding Your Gift And Using It


Cartoon, Facebook and “How are you spending your life?”

posted by grose

Dan Piraro’s cartoon (left), ironically, is making the rounds on Facebook.com. When I saw it, I chuckled and promptly posted it to my own home page.

The cartoon pokes fun at us.

It also asks us to reflect on how we are spending our lives.

How am I spending my time?

Watching, reading, listening to attention-grabbers—the Kardashians, Honey Boo Boo (really?), the latest celebrity scandal…

Or being siphoned off into an artificial existence on the internet, playing video games, devouring pulp fiction or listening to news “analysts,” who tell us—stupid Americans that we supposedly are—what to think?

How much time do I spend imagining, planning or consuming food and drink? The Food Network. While people in other countries spend their entire day trying to find some? (Does anyone else see the craziness of this?)

Or when eating a biscuit drowned in butter doesn’t comfort me, I go shopping.

How much time do I spend on knowing my purpose and doing that?

What thoughts do I dwell on?

It’s no use

No one cares about me

I’m a failure

This world is whacked and stacked against me

Or

God is in control

There is truth and beauty all around me

I am loved

Seen and recognized or not, I am going to live the best life I can.

 What am I focused on, aiming for?

Myself

My needs

My wants and

Who I can use to further my self, needs, wants?

Or

What others need?

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Pondering these questions creates a strange ache within me. I follow the ache to a longing for God—to know Him and to live the  life He created me for.

I ‘hear’ two additional questions:

 What does God want?

And, then,

What do I want, really?

Do I want 2,000 Facebook friends and Twitter followers and blog readers and…

Or

Do I want to love—give eye-to-eye, thoughtful, sacrificial, positive action—to another person

 Child

Family member

Coworker

Stranger…

…today?

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