Monday, April 09, 2012

Just Live Your Life

So back at the luncheon after the memorial service last week..... We chatted with many old friends we'd not seen in eons and one of them said, "I remember feeling bad for you guys when you moved into that tiny apartment years ago."

In unison Tom and I exclaimed, "But we LOVED that apartment!!"

It was funny. It was true.

I mean, hey... Two weeks after Tom and I moved to the farm, I recall picking-up downed branches in what looked like a war zone all over the lawn, my back beginning to ache, and then slowly easing my back upward, looking into the sky and thinking, "Wasn't life so sweet and uncomplicated back at the apartment? Remember how you felt like a 1940's newlywed playing house there? Remember how you'd have your housework done by 9:00 am, then you'd take a walk to the convenience mart, come back and eat the yogurt and peanuts you'd bought and then watch tv until you felt like doing something else? Remember how the landlord paid the heating bill and mowed the lawn(!)?"

And then I'd sigh, bend back down to pick up branches and toss them into the wheelbarrow. Again and again and again.

And just think. Our friend pitied us while we lived in that one-bedroom apartment and were having the time of our lives.

Just goes to show--generally--people are gonna think what they're gonna think. We cannot force anyone to believe anything, but rather, we can just live our lives as God leads, mind our own business and pray that we will be a blessing to others wherever we go. We can answer questions and share as we are led, but still, plain old-fashioned 'living the life' will speak the most clearly.

And that sounds doable--and fine--to me.


"Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands... " 1 Thessalonians 4:11

"...  let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven."  ... Matthew 5:16



Elizabeth said...

very true Debra! Sometimes I think I would be happier in a little cabin deep in the woods.But I am pretty happy where I am!

Tracy said...

Amen! :)

Bonnie said...

Oh, this is a good post, Debra. I always say that what people say says more about them than whomever they are referring to....generally speaking we know ourselves better than we know others so *usually* well-meaning people (even friends) are not quite "getting" whatever we're going through because we all see things things through our own lens. What *is* too bad is that this friend actually phrased this so poorly...."felt sorry for you." Not what we want to hear from people, right? Not exactly uplifting. *sigh*

Glad you and Tom could laugh it off!