I love being useful. I love doing things for God, being encouraging, uniting women, creating stuff, and checking of the to-do list. As I reflected on why God would choose a word that so fits my personality, I thought of how it would challenge me. Because surely, God would not give me a word that wouldn't also stretch me beyond my comfort zone.
"Useful," I decided, would allow me to encompass and grasp hold of all things that are life-giving. Things that I don't readily pick up. Things like rest, relaxation, and play. There is the challenge, I thought.
Challenge, yes. But stretch? Not really. Because He knows that I've learned a good part of that lesson.
Maybe this will just be an easy year? Not so fast.
There happen to be a lot of things that are useful that I would actually care to dismiss. Things that fit in the brussel sprouts category. I don't even think you can make brussel sprouts taste better with bacon.
But just because I don't like them, doesn't mean that couldn't be useful and good for my body.
And so when I read two other people's words for 2013 and I think "thank God that those are not my words"...
...and then I hear God say something like, "Well, that could be useful", I have the same revolted reaction that I have every time I even think about those little cabbages.
What are the words?
Inconvenience and Messy.
Yep, you heard it. It's me gagging on the other side of your computer.
I don't do mess and I definitely do not like to be inconvenienced and how can this really help me? I'm still in denial. And I'm afraid. Because this is waaayyyy outside my comfort zone. I do not like them, Sam-I-Am.
But, because I like to think of myself as a confront-your-fear kinda gal, I am going to list the 11 Spiritual Benefits of Letting Inconvenience and Mess into Life (taking the cue from this delightful article about brussel sprouts).
1. Learning to deal with things (tangible and intangible) out of place helps me to realize that I do not have to be in control. The more comfortable I am with His arrangement of things, the less I will have to fight His will.
2. The more I understand that life simply is messy, the more I will reveal how truly messy my heart can be. In my authenticity, I will be more likely to reach out to others when I need help. Who offers to help someone whose life seems so put together?
3. To allow myself to be inconvenienced is to allow myself to show grace to others.
4. To allow myself to be inconvenienced is to allow me to put the needs of others above the needs of myself.
5. To allow myself to be inconvenienced is to open myself to new opportunities. (Whether I will like them or not is besides the point.)
6. The more comfortable I am with mess, the more I will learn to be flexible when my routine gets bent out of shape.
7. Oh, who am I kidding? I can't come up with any more reasons on why mess and inconvenience are useful. I'm still gagging on the first six.
My year-end goal shall be to come up with the full 11 Spiritual Benefits of Letting Inconvenience and Mess into Life.
But, I'm still not eating brussel sprouts.
Linking today with Tracy.