There are individuals promising the world. They are confident. There is a lively bounce in their step. One wants to believe! The lingering question is a simple one. Will it be different this time? At some point, one has to confront the question. I keep hoping things will be different. There is positive intent. I can feel passion. It’s all here, except execution.
I find that the more I am confronted with this situation the easier it is to factually respond in candid love. “I know you mean well. I trust your intent and sincerity. History does not work in your favor. What will be different this time?”
Life reminds me that those who consistently deliver will always be there for you. I know what this feels like, especially when I turn towards God. When I do, Divinity is always there. In a quiet way, I know the reality of David’s view on the subject. “I’ll write the book on Hallelujahs; on the corner of Main and First I’ll hold a street meeting; I’ll be the song leader; we’ll fill the air with salvation songs.” (Psalm 9.14)
As simple as it all sounds, I realize that there are areas in my life where my intent is greater than what I am able to do. I am not sure what I should do about it. Resolve will help. Priority setting is a must! Yet it takes more than intent, resolve, and knowing it is at the top of the queue.
In the morning darkness, the schedule today is overwhelming. There are unending deliverables on many fronts. I realize that there are several mantras I can hold onto as I try to get them all done.
Having a set of priorities means that something lower on the list may not get done. It is not a good thing or bad. It is just reality.
Life asks us to engage as fully and completely as we can. When we have done that, letting go of what is beyond is advisable.
Candid transparency is not always natural. It is helpful.