A Time To Tweak…

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.

Ecclesiastes 3:3

Time is a precious gift. Still, I have difficulty dealing with time when it comes Time to Change. Change is tough for me, especially when my established routines seem to be helpful to all concerned. “Why change what’s working?” I ask myself.

The problem is that I don’t always evaluate what “working” actually means to all concerned. Is the status quo simply maintaining my peace of mind or is something positive actually being accomplished? Is adhering to what I’m used to adding to the quality of my life and life around me or is it allowing a musty fog to blur the wonder that’s left to discover? Sometimes, it really is time to change.

Change is difficult for me. Though I don’t like the connotation of “a time to kill”, I will work at tweaking a few of the unnecessary habitual entries in my schedule. I’ll adjust enough to allow myself and those around me some breathing room. Discarding a bit of what I’m used to may bring a bit of peace and healing to my restless soul. It may also bring a welcomed bit of adventure my way!

Loving God, be with me as I let go of my routines and embrace the opportunity which lies in every moment ahead.

©2019 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

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Never Alone…

In the course of their lively exchange,
Jesus approached and began to walk along with them.
However, they were restrained from recognizing him.

Luke 24:15-16

That last day in Israel, our plane took off from the Tel Aviv airport at 11:10 PM. Because we’d spent that day touring until dinnertime, I slept through most of our flight home. I’d hoped to replay this trip in my mind as we crossed the ocean, but my fatigue got the best of me. When we landed in Chicago the following morning, I tried to make sense of my remarkable return to Israel. Apparently, jet-lag had set in. It would be days before I truly appreciated this adventure…

Jesus’ friends were at a loss after his death. Those who stood near the cross saw for themselves. Those who hid in fear didn’t have to be there to understand the horror of what had occurred. Jesus’ contemporaries were far too familiar with crucifixion. What terrified them most was Jesus’ innocence. Who would have thought that his enemies’ hatred would drive them to murder? Who would have thought?

Three days later, Mary Magdalene returned to Jesus’ tomb. She found that the stone at the entrance had been moved. She quickly reported this to the Peter and the rest who investigated for themselves. Though they were convinced that something amazing had occurred, they were at a loss regarding what to do next.

How often we forget that we are privy to such life-giving news! How often we find ourselves at a loss regarding what to do next! Fortunately for us, Jesus remains with us as we tiptoe onto the path which lies ahead.

Loving God, Jesus rose and so will we. How can I ever be at a loss?

©2018 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Change?

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.

Ecclesiastes 3:3

Change is difficult for me. Though my established routines usually prove to be helpful to those concerned, this doesn’t seem to be the case these days. I often ask myself, “Why change what is working?” Today, however, I’d like to pose that question to a few others in my vicinity.

It’s not that I’m so stuck in my ways that I can’t deal with adjustments and replacements and revamping and alterations of the status quo. The problem is that I’d like these changes to be made with thought and with consideration for those involved and for those who will be impacted by them. Is something positive actually being accomplished?

Yes, change is difficult for me, not so much because of me, but because of its impact upon others who are very important to me. Perhaps it’s time to kill my inactivity and to do what I can to heal those around me. Perhaps it’s time to tear down the walls which hinder communication and to build relationships that thrive on openness. Perhaps the changes around me won’t be so difficult after all.

Loving God, help me to find the tools to transform the changes around me into opportunities for joy and productivity.

©2017 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved

Time For Change

A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.

Ecclesiastes 3:3

Change is difficult for me, especially when my established routines prove to be helpful to all concerned. “Why change what is working?” I often ask myself.

The problem is that I don’t always evaluate what “working” actually means. Is the status quo simply maintaining my peace of mind or is something positive actually being accomplished? Is adhering to what I am used to adding to the quality of my life and life around me or is it allowing a musty fog to blur the wonder left to discover?

Change is difficult for me. Though I won’t “kill” anything on my habitual schedule, I will adjust and tweak and allow myself some breathing room. Discarding a bit of what I’m used to may bring healing to my restless soul.

Loving God, be with me as I let go of my routines and embrace the opportunities which lie ahead.

©2016 Mary Penich – All Rights Reserved