Sunday, August 3, 2014

Daily Interruptions

I have a confession. I'm an avid interrupter.

I can't help it, I have a knack for stopping you mid thought with a follow up question, opinion of my own or a completely irrelevant comment.

It got to the point of being an annoying quirk and something that I have really been working on.

At this point, I typically just gasp and throw my hands up until the person says "what?" So, obviously I've still got some work to do.

It got me thinking though, interruptions are a daily struggle. Everyday we are faced with things that pop up that we hadn't likely planned for.

When it comes to my professional life, I'm a HUGE planner and I always leave space in my content marketing calendar for "interruptions", but not so much in my daily life. I'm more of a " fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants" type of girl.

I don't plan on hitting a big yellow van at the red light nor do I plan on getting stuck by a train when I'm already running late.

Likewise, I didn't plan on having to consider the possibility of what the future looks like in ten years. Will I be able to walk? To see? To care for my family?

Life happens to all of us, but how we respond is essential.

What if we took a step back and just took a deep breath and realize this is life. Its not easy, it wasn't supposed to be easy. However, these interruptions, or rather trials, are given to us to make us stronger and draw us closer to God.

Did you know that God gives us these trials in life to build up our endurance? I find comfort in this verse when I look at an uncertain future.

Consider it all joy my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. James 1:2-3