13 May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.
Recently someone, whom I have the utmost admiration and respect for, told me I was serious- actually they said “You are much more serious than I am”.
It poked me in a I'm not so sure I want to hear this place. You know that place - right?
According to Dictionary.com serious is defined as:
After reading the definition, especially #1 and #3, I do not feel nearly as whatever it was that I felt about being called serious in the first place. But you know me – it was a process, I had to get there.
I relayed the conversation to my husband and I asked him - Does serious mean not fun? Yes, he said. I don't know if he meant it - he is always joking – very NOT serious.
Instead of just letting it go -
Side Note: this was not an insult, simply an observation from someone who knows the business side of me very well, the personal side not as well. In my mind serious only meant not fun. Why did I care? Why was I so hung up on this?
I had to get conformation I was fun. Guess what - it did not happen the way I hoped. The next conversation I had about it went something like this...Blah, Blah, Blah someone said I was serious...blah, blah, blah - you are – you are very to the point – even brisk - BRISK? UGH.
Okay let's get a handle on this. I am serious - serious about my relationship with God. I am a seriously fierce friend. I am seriously in love with my children and my husband. I have seriously high expectations for everyone, myself included and about everything. I have learned to give serious amounts of grace over and over and over. I seriously pray to receive the same. I have a seriously demented sense of humor, sometimes...mostly with my children. We laugh in the midst of crazy so we don’t get seriously angry or cry (the crying part is just me). I seriously want others to know and be in relationship with God. I seriously believe that this blog is an avenue for starting that knowing. I am serious about Micah 6:8 - What does God require?? Do justly, love mercy, walk humbly with him.
Serious stuff. I guess my hang up with the word is it just doesn’t sound very fun - again, why do I care?
I have serious love in my heart for the world God created and the people in it. I am seriously trying to be who he wants me to be. I seriously find joy in the smallest things and I am serious about using my words to build up and not tear down.
How about you? What are you serious about? Look back at the definition- thoughtful & sincere.
I sincerely (seriously) strive to live in peace. I seriously think about keeping my mouth shut - not always but lots - and then I keep it shut, sometimes.
Help me to not take myself too seriously.
So to answer the question- Are you serious Clark? Yep - guess I am but I'm fun too, so there!
Your super fun, kinda serious, 1,2,3 for today
#1 Be you – serious or not – God made you
#2 Embrace you – God does
#3 Love you – God does and always will
Peace out – seriously.
Mindi Huebner is a business owner, professional conversationalist and crazy forgiver. Mindi is scandalously obsessed with leaving people and things better than she found them. If you think LOVE is always the answer, join her as she writes about her road trips with God at www.backrowfaith.com. If you don’t think love is always the answer, join her anyway. Go.Be.Love
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