Daily Archives: April 9, 2012

Dis-Traction

I’m “puppy-sitting” for some family while they’re on vacation – and after less than 24 hours, I’m pretty convinced that I don’t want kids! lol Don’t get me wrong. She’s adorable and really no trouble. She’s a 3 month old Westie who is more like a 3 year old toddler in a puppy suit.

And cute thought she may be, she is a distraction.  I have a ton of both school and work work to do today and I thought I’d be able to give her a couple toys and let her play while I got some done. Not happenin’. Because when she wants to be with you or just wants to play — or gets too quiet, you’re in for it.  She’s not concerned with ANYTHING I may have to do and because she’s a baby and a dog, I have to stop and tend to her regardless to what I’m doing. (oh…and before you mention it…no, she sleeps with one eye open at all times. When YOU move, SHE moves.).

People, places and things do the same to us…especially when we’re focused and moving forward in everything we’re doing.

Dis: prefix – opposite of, deprive of

Traction: noun – adhesive function of a body on a surface on which it moves; a pulling force exerted on a skeletal structure by means of a special device

We have a “special device” that propels us to move in a certain direction and keeps us attached so that we can continue moving forward. We just celebrated the embodiment of our “traction” and if we really have a relationship, we continue to do so everyday.  We don’t start or stop at Easter Sunday.

We also have “dis”s in each and every one of our lives. Those ones whose business it is to deprive us of our focus. And they are usually loved, protected, and covered by us.  By all accounts, you think they’re harmless – just doing what they do and playing around to get your attention. You feel obligated to be there for them because they somehow “need” you right at this specific second. Though it’s hard to stay on track when they start pulling on your sleeve; and as cute and/or helpless as they may be, you cannot get caught up in that. Because before you know it, you will have completely changed direction and/or stopped everything you were doing in order to help them, their issue will be resolved, but you won’t hear from them again until the next crisis. And you will be left lost and in a ditch…wondering where you are and how you got so far behind.

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This HAS to be re-shared (hashtag.it’s.still.Easter.)! Love it!


And just who is man?

God and man are NOT created equal.  We don’t do things the same way, we absolutely do not think the same way. Man is not even close…got that.  I was having some “singles” discussions with some folks and some of the conversation turned to  two of my favorite people: Adam and Eve.

I found it interesting about God tasking (not just allowing or giving a choice) Adam with naming ALL the animals and birds. I had to chew that for a minute because basically the responsibility God gave Adam was not just to “name” the animals but to also decide what they would be and what their purpose was. Because through it all, he was not just naming animals, but he was also looking for his “suitable helper”. I wonder if, in the process of naming them, Adam tried to get a sheep to sit down at the table with a cup of coffee and talk about the yard work? I wonder if he tried to get a cat to pay full attention to him without walking off or looking at him sideways? I wonder if he tried to put his arms around an ox? Because at the end of the day, he knew that nothing that God had yet created was it for him in the way he needed. All the animals had a purpose, but not for him.

And then I thought that as Adam gave out the names, he also gave out a level of position — a pigeon is a completely different bird than a woodpecker or crow; a giraffe is a different beast than a bull or sheep. So with each animal named, each had a purpose and a position (and still none of them were the perfect match). Some of the animals were useful enough to work the field and ensure good soil, some were useful enough to consider a “friend” and even stay indoors and close to their master, some you could only be in awe at how high they flew, but know that they could never been caged. Yet none of them were suitable.

That all blew my mind because I realized that men STILL have that responsibility today…and they take it very seriously (even though most of them don’t even realize they are working it). Women walk around stamping labels on
men before they even get to know who the dude is – “boo”, “boyfriend”, “special friend”….but if HE has not given that woman that name (purpose or position) then she is going to be in for a hard way.  And – at least from my experience – it’s not all that hard to tell what your name is even if you’re not letting God lead your party…so imagine what you could see if you’ll let God show you and just chill on it. Because, like I said before, a pigeon is a completely different animal from an eagle – a man might call it a “flying rat” and throw crumbs at a pigeon, but wanna watch an eagle sour through the sky for as long as he can, yet at the end of the day, he knows they’re both still birds. A dog and a cat can both be “man’s best friend”, one may loyally and ferociously cover and protect him and his possessions and the other may just be there for aesthetic sake – and he may not want to lose either and would be hurt if anything happened to them but in the end, they’re still just pets.

They are not suitable….and he knows it. And “suitable” can be subjective. If he doesn’t know God, or himself, then what he considers suitable and perfect will look CRAZY!!