The word for this week’s Five Minute Friday free-write is “accept.” (Click on the image above to find some other great posts in the linkup too.) Here goes:
This week I’ve had to come to grips with and accept the fact that I have changed from who I used to be. That I am a different person who makes different choices than I used to make. That I have grown into a strong, independent woman who is not as easily swayed by the opinions and expectations of those around me as I used to be.
While this isn’t necessarily a bad thing and isn’t exactly a sudden revelation to me, it is something that usually catches me off guard a bit as I process through the experiences and life choices that have slowly but surely changed me.
I recently borrowed Brené Brown’s book, Daring Greatly, from a friend and just started reading it. One thing that stood out to me right at the beginning comes from what she calls one of the fundamental ideals of Wholehearted living:
“The main concern of Wholehearted men and women is living a life defined by courage, compassion and connection.”
As I read this quote, I had to accept the fact that I was only doing well on two of those three items. And that didn’t sit well with me because to live wholeheartedly is also a buzz-word I felt God giving me on my own awhile back and which I have tried to live into more and more.
If you’ve been reading this blog awhile then you know that “Connection” with others around me is something I have been working on over the years and feel I have finally started to do better. “Compassion” is not something I’ve ever really been short on but often it is just knowing how and when to best engage with it in the lives of those around me and in this hard world we live in. And then there is the concept of “Courage” — that is the tricky one for me.
And yet, I also once wrote an entire blog post on Joshua 1:9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Maybe this verse is telling me to realized that courage doesn’t come from within myself but from without. And that is good news to hear and accept!
What about you? Which area of Brené Brown’s quote do you feel you need God’s help with as you seek to live wholeheartedly? Is it with courage, compassion or connection? May we learn to accept where we are in all this but also know that God is not content to leave us where we are but keep us on a journey of continual transformation.