So today is the first Monday attempting to dig in a little more, to think a little more deeply and to avoid distractions. I had FaceBook off most off last week, but I think I did so in the middle of the week, and Mondays are just different. So today, not logging on and spending my time with my cup of coffee looking at the latest on FB just feels, well, different.
Mondays get our attention. They make us wake up earlier and sit a little straighter and have to be a little more responsible.
Mondays are frustrating.
They mean real life is back upon us…the weekend is over. Ugh.
My boys are not fans of Mondays. I never really have been either, but actually…don’t tell anyone…I am beginning to like them.
I cannot believe I am saying that.
I am beginning to rely on the rhythm that Monday calls me to. Monday tells me it is okay to sleep in a little sometimes, but now it is time to get back to work. Today, that means it is time to listen. That is what this whole paying attention business is about.
Time to listen to the voices who have listened themselves…time to listen to those who have something to say. Sometimes it is work to listen. Sometimes it is work just to quiet myself long enough to listen, long enough to really hear.
The goal is not just to listen, but to have something to give as well.
I am listening to learn, to be changed and to be filled so that I have something for my boys as I teach them.
Because I know just in myself I don’t have a lot.
There is more though…I want to listen to my kids as well.
Monday reminds me that another week has gone by.
Time to sit up straight and pay attention…time keeps on marching on and these little ones will not be so little for long.
In fact, my oldest grew over an inch since June. He needs to stop that. Maddie is speaking in sentences. She seriously needs to stop that. All of them are changing so quickly, and all of them have so much they want me to see. I need to pay attention.
I need to listen and I need to hear. I need to hear and I need to think about what I’ve heard, and then I need to give that back to the kids. Reading books feeds my soul. I know that doesn’t happen for everyone. For some people listening to music has the same impact, and for some it is the interaction with others. We have to find what it is that feeds our soul in a way that brings life.
We have to find what it is that feeds our soul and in a way that makes us sit up on Monday with a hint of inspiration and an inclination that we are ready for another week to pay attention to life that week.
Part of it for me is reading, a large part is also fellowship on Sundays and worshiping together with others. There is great encouragement there and inspiration. Usually a healthy dose of thinking and challenge.
So…on this Monday….what inspires us? What feeds our souls in a way that brings life. Not just a chuckle and a diversion, but life. What pours into our souls in a way that gives us the patience and strength to pour back into the lives of those God has placed around us for us to care for, for us to inspire, for us to love?
Me? Reading. Music. Fellowship. These things are my focus right now…with a little sprinkling of diversion.