Avoid avoidance …

“He [Jesus] didn’t make it easy for himself by avoiding people’s troubles, but waded right in and helped out. ‘I took on the troubles of the troubled,’ is the way Scripture puts it.” Romans 15:3,4

imageYesterday, I invited my sixteen-year-old granddaughter to help me do some deep cleaning at my house–the chores in which you need to crawl on a two-step ladder or on your knees. She dialed up the volume on a rock radio station, and I headed for the garage to prepare for an upcoming garage sale.

The last time I had a garage sale, I announced, “This is my last garage sale–ever!” Well, once again, God laughed at me. Now that I am single, I find I no longer need as much stuff, and with Glen’s items I can’t use, I have the potential of making some extra cash. What doesn’t sell will go to the Salvation Army. Having a teenager around gave me energy for this project I’ve been avoiding.

During the past months since Glen passed away, I’ve found when I avoid, or put off handling a task or dealing with a situation, it causes more stress. When I force myself to move forward, I feel as if the weight on my shoulders lessens with each step I take. And, it’s rewarding to look back and see where I’ve been and what I’ve learned to help me in the future.

Dear God, give me peace for the process of tackling projects head on. Amen.

About lindagillis

I am a retired church office servant, a writer, speaker for conferences, events, and retreats, and advocate for those who work in the church office. I began writing seriously after winning the 2006 Guideposts Writer's Workshop and being published in "Guideposts" and "Angels on Earth" magazines. I have self-published two book, "The Donut Theory--Meditation and Inspiration for the Church Office" and "Humble Beginnings--Daily Meditation Moments". My other passion is family and traveling to visit family and friends.
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