As Staples office supply store advertises, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year;”
However, for some parents, they will be facing the dreaded empty nest. For those who are mothers and fathers to the depths... this one’s for you (and for anyone else who may be transitioning into something that doesn’t appear to have a happy ending)! Some moms who are close to me are experiencing their children moving out and are facing empty rooms, empty chairs and empty driveways. Thankfully, Lil Sweet Pea will be with us for several more years so we don’t have to cross that bridge yet!
As I’ve pondered this transition in life, I am purposely posturing myself to be prepared for that day. I realize I haven’t walked through it yet but I have walked through some pretty challenging changes in life and understand that there will be some similarities. Because I haven’t journeyed through the empty nest season, I will cautiously encourage you and in turn, you may need to encourage me in the years to come!
I came across a quote by revivalist Nate Johnson that may fit this season: “Some of you are frustrated feeling as though doors are closing, relationships are ending and favor is lifting but the reality is that God is opening up greater doors, increasing your circle, and giving you favor where you didn’t have it before. When you cross the threshold it is crucial to adjust your lens otherwise you will only see a dead end instead of the promised land.” Can I gently suggest that we adjust our lenses to see farther than where we’ve focused? Life as we know it may be over, but that is the only life we know. There is a new normal that we’ve yet to experience and we must be cautious to not stay focused on the past and be open to the present and the future. When I think about those who went to check out the Promised Land and only two came back with a positive report, I think about how many missed out on the blessings of the new season because of focusing on the wrong thing! They focused on the obstacles instead of the harvest.
I believe the secret to moving from the old into the new is to change our focus. Begin to focus on others. There are countless single moms or dads who would love a hand up. What about seniors who are lonely? There are untold ways we can invest in others! When the focus shifts off of ourselves, we begin to see that there is a whole new world opening to many opportunities for loving, laughing and living. That is the key; shifting the focus off of ourselves and onto others. When we begin to take a vested interest in another life, we can make ALL the difference in the world to that one! Ronald Reagan once said, “We can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.” When you feel as though you’ve lost someone or something, look and look again. There is a world that is waiting to be explored. Go beyond your comfort zone and reach out. I guarantee you’ll thank me! It’s risky; yes. But if we don’t ever risk, we will stay in our lonely little world and when we stay in our lonely little world, we will die inside. “Without a vision, people perish.” Ask Holy Spirit for eyes to see beyond the dead end. The Promised Land that is waiting for you! Scripture reference: Proverbs 29:18
August 25, 2018
1st: Ron & Linda McInnis
2nd Gordon & Diane Taylor
3rd Doreen Smith & Kelly Rasmusen
Shuffleboard, August 27, 2018
A Side: Cherryl Murphy & Jerrold Delahey Earl Berard & Stan Gardner
B Side: Ron Olliver & Bob Cobbe
Ann Harrison & Joyce Manske