07 January 2020
Back to Normal ~ Opening Thoughts
Greetings Dear Reader,
I have already heard this phrase in conference calls, at church, and at social gatherings over the last few days. It is part of the annual liturgy of the common man (we will get to that later in the month). This particular cant goes something like, “Well, it is time for things to get back to normal.”
People are bundling away decorations and special holiday traditions in favor of what they have established as normal, day-to-day appearance, actions, and attitudes. From October through December is the time we transform so many things. Then, when the timer reaches the socially agreed upon day or hour, we put it away. The difficulty is that we put away our higher levels of kindness and good will to some degree.
The difficulty is that there are things about our lives that we treat as normal that may not even be intended for us ever. We are meant to be people filled with love and joy. Instead, we choose to walk in some awkward form of calm and common. Kindness, generosity, and good will seem to have their most abundant portions packed away with the decorations and December dishes.
I would like to ponder for some days the idea that what we have accepted as normal is not, but rather an almost global acceptance of a way of life for which we were never meant. There are things we have normalized that devour joy and love in our lives. Let us begin our journey through this new decade with the idea that we do not have to settle. We do not have to live lives of quiet desperation or oblique sadness if we would rather choose lives of joy and love.
We are laying the foundation for a year in which we are going to learn something much more important. For today, let us ponder that we do not have to put away joy and mirth to get through the long dark winter. Rather, Dear Reader, we can choose to become humans who stride above the normal. Our foundation of love can lift us through the normal to be humans who carry good will, kindness, and generosity through the year. It is in this that we can follow Christ more closely. It is in this that we can create a new normal in a new year that makes our love and joy unassailable. Please share your thoughts with me as I seek a higher path forged in love and humility.
Wishing you joy in the journey,
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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