Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Celebration Card and a great essay about disappointment

Hi all,

So I hit the craft room again last night to make a card for my mom.  She has been on weight watchers and is very, very close to her goal weight.  I remember how significant an event it was when I reached goal so I wanted to celebrate with her.

So, here is the clean and simple card I made for her.

I used my papertrey ink birdies and my cloud die.  It came out cute, just the way I wanted - clean and simple - but elegant also.

I will mail it this week (if she reaches goal tomorrow) or sometime soon.  She is only 1 pound away and is working really hard so it won't be long before she gets there. 

So, in addition to sharing my card, I wanted to share this message I read the other day.  I get a bunch of biblical messages in my daily mailbox feed.  One that I get is from Rick Warren.  The e-mail on Monday was especially insightful and I thought I'd share it with you all.  It spoke to me about the events of last week and the challenges I face (and hear others face) with disappointment.  We all so want the world to be a better place, but it is often unrealistic to expect it to be 'heaven on earth.'
“I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless — like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.” (Ecclesiastes 1:14-15 NLT)
Sin causes emotional distress and disappointment.
Solomon writes a lot about this in Ecclesiastes: “I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless — like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered” (Ecclesiastes 1:14-15 NLT).
Solomon is saying that, as a human being, it seems pointless, because we cannot change the past and we cannot control the future. All the stuff that we’ve done wrong, we can’t undo. All the stuff that was done wrong to us, we can’t undo.
And, we can’t control the future. Most of the important things in your life you have no control over. The world cannot be fixed by human effort alone.
Can we go out and do good in the world? Yes. Should we? Yes. Should we relieve pain? Of course.
But the world is irreparably broken. We serve others to relieve hurt, to heal people, to help them make it through. But we’re not kidding ourselves. We’re not going to bring the Kingdom in on Earth. This is not Heaven. Our ultimate job is to get people into the perfect place, not try to make the world a perfect place. Should we try to make the world better? Yes. 

Should we expect it to be perfect? No. The damage is too deep for repair.
Because that damage is so deep, we get stressed out — because things don’t work right, we don’t have enough time to get everything done, things get in our way. There are delays and difficulties and dead ends and, of course, disappointments.
Did you ever plan for a big event and think, “This is going to be so great!” Then when it’s over, you think, “That was it?” I know people who’ve spent an entire year planning for a wedding. Then it was all over in an hour.
The fact is, we have the amazing ability to overestimate how happy we’re going to be with a person, an event, or a possession. We’re not just disappointed with events that happen in our lives or with people in our lives. We’re disappointed with ourselves.
Why? Because this is not Heaven. Everything on the planet is broken. Nothing works perfectly because of our sin.
Talk About It
  • Who or what have you blamed for the broken relationships and disappointment in your life?
  • What is the thing, event, or person you are anticipating will make you happier? How do you think God wants you to change your outlook?

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