Thursday, February 27, 2014

the invitation


"I get the invitation every morning when I wake up to actually live a life of complete engagement, a life of whimsy, a life where love does. It doesn't come in an envelope. It's ushered in by a sunrise, the sound of a bird, or the smell of coffee drifting lazily from the kitchen. It's the invitation to actually live, to fully partipate in this amazing life for one more day. Nobody turns down an invitation to the White House, but I've seen plenty of people turn down an invitation to fully live.
Turning down this invitation comes in lots of flavors. It looks like numbing yourself or distracting yourself or seeing something really beautiful as just normal. It can also look like refusing to forgive or not being grateful or getting wrapped around the axle with fear or envy. I think every day God sends us an invitation to live and sometimes we forget to show up or get head-faked into thinking we haven't really been invited. But you see, we have been invited - every day, all over again."

Bob Goff

how were you "invited" to life today?
how were you temped to turn it down?

i was invited by a great run with friends. and the promise that tomorrow is friday. and a good night's rest. and that little girl at the top. she dressed up today because she has a new box of crayons to use at school. seriously. THAT is why she wore that. because she was so excited about it. and she asked me for new crayons many times. and i kept forgetting. and she never complained. just reminded me. i finally remembered to get them at the store yesterday. i'm so glad i did!
i'm tempted to turn it down by struggling with every day feeling like groundhog day. and by feeling hopeless about a heart that won't change.


Liza said...

I was invited to life by a text from my husband from across the Atlantic and the possibility of seeing his face (on Skype) for the first time in three weeks.

I am tempted to ignore it in favor of feeling sorry for myself and "head-faking" myself into thinking that what I'm doing here doesn't matter as much as what he's doing there.

THANK YOU for the encouragement NOT to do that today :)

Ali said...

Love that quote. She is beautiful and such a great example of this. Good reminders!