Sunday, April 07, 2013

AFTER


On Fridays around these parts we like to write. Not for comments or traffic or anyone else’s agenda. But for pure love of the written word. For joy at the sound of syllables, sentences and paragraphs all strung together by the voice of the speaker.
We love to just write without worrying if it’s just right or not. For five minutes flat. Here’s how we do it:
1. Write for 5 minutes flat on the prompt “After” with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in {you can grab the button code in my blog’s footer}.
3. Go and tell the person who linked up before you what their words meant to you. Every writer longs to feel heard.
OK, are you ready? Give me your best five minutes for the prompt:

After…

Wishing away time with all my afters...

After I grow up, I won't have to do all these chores.  I can do what I want, when I want, how I want.
I probably enjoyed this particular chore....helping mom pack for Africa.

After I graduate, I will have time to read, to explore, to hang out with friends.  After I graduate, I will see the world and be the best teacher ever.

After I get married, I will live happily ever after. (yes, happy, but there are days.....I'm just saying it's been a lot of work.)

After I have children, I will feel so fulfilled. (Being a mom DOES rank high on the job satisfaction scale!)

After this project is finished or this crises is over, I can have more time with my husband.

After this life, there will be heaven and that will be perfect.

Some of my afters are dreaded...
After my kids leave home, what will I do?

Ann VosKamp's book, 1000 Gifts, challenged me to quit with all the "afters".  Look around at how much there is to experience and to be thankful for right where I am!  If I'm unhappy or ungrateful now, who's to say I'll be happy or grateful when I move on to the next chapter in my life?  If I am grateful now, I'll be grateful no matter what the Lord may send my way.  I'm learning to look for God-sent gifts in each and every day.  Some days I find it hard to find anything....not because they aren't there but because I'm too tired to look and I'm too busy saying, "After this week is over."  

"In Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures for evermore."  Your presence is with me right now...I don't have to wait for after to find joy!


5 comments:

Abandoned said...

So true. Our lives are like a sliding window over time. We can only live and experience in the now. So many spend all their time looking to the past or future. At the end of their lives they (may) realize they have never lived the gift of time given them.

Living the now is difficult but also rewarding. It is at that point that we have to deal with hardship. But is is also at that time that we can experience the blessing of provision and know God's presence and interest in us.

MRoop said...

Hmm, somehow my user name was sets to 'Abandoned'. Not sure how that happen. 'Found' would be more to my liking

Hannatu said...

Hmmm, strange name! But thank you for your comment. As you are someone who has gone through the hardest thing I can even imagine, this means a lot to me.

Heidi J said...

Hmmm....we're on the same thought pattern; glad to know I'm not the only one. I AM changing that; no more waiting for "after" but living for NOW.

Patricia Pitterle said...

Oh, I so agree. We look forward to so many afters that we forget to count our blessings!!