On Your Own Time

If you don’t know me very well, I would definitely be described as a bit high strung.  I’m a 100 miles a minute with everything I do.  It is difficult for me not to rush through things and get them done, so I can move onto the rest of my “To-Do” list and continue checking off the next task.  I’m scheduled to the max, but I love every minute of it.

My daughter on the other hand is NOTHING like this.  She loves to take her time and does everything on her own time.  Some might say, she beats to her own drum.  There is no urgency in this child at all.  I honestly can’t believe that she even shares my DNA, because I am the total other extreme of her.  I guess she was put in my life to slow me down.

She gets things done, but it is painful to watch her.  Emptying the dishwasher, is a 30 minute ordeal.  One dish at a time, slowly she bops around the kitchen putting everything perfectly in its place.  I find myself helping her empty it, just so that she will get out of my way so I can work more efficiently.  It doesn’t bother her how long she takes, and she places each dish in its spot with a smile on her face and a skip in her step.  It’s not that she is sulking or bucking the chore, it is just that she loves life and does things at her speed—which I just happen to find brutally painful!

I feel this is very much the same as everyone’s spiritual journey.  Everyone is different and everyone will get the job done in their own time.  Sometimes it is very painful for the loved ones that are watching to see their child, husband, friends, even parents wondering aimlessly off the spiritual path, but there is no rushing them or trying to push spirituality on them.

Just as I help my daughter empty the dishwasher to assist her along with her chore, we can encourage people along by planting the seeds, modeling how we live, saying a prayer for them, meditating about it and believing that someday they will reach their spiritual maturation.  The sad thing is, they have to get their on their own time.

God puts many things in our path to try and reach out to us and develop our spiritual maturation.  We wonder why bad things happen to good people.  Usually this is the reason.  We are to learn and grown from our trials and tribulations, our heartaches and sorrows.  We have to experience the bottom to rise to the top.  Life is all about learning to become a better person and help out our fellow man.  It’s not about being greedy and stepping over people to become more successful.

Psalms 1:1-6 explains, “Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers. Not so the wicked!  They are like chaff that the wind blows away.  Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous.  For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction.”

In the Good News Translation, this verse is titled, “True Happiness” and I believe that we will all find our true happiness eventually.  It might take you a little longer than others.  Something horrible might happen in your life to help you develop in this area, but eventually we all get there.  I don’t believe there is a human being that is born evil, but their desires might get tainted from their journey along the way.

It might be taking you longer than normal to empty your dishwasher of life, like my daughter.  She doesn’t empty the dishwasher the same as I do, but she gets the job done, and has fun while she is doing it.  You too will eventually get there.  Nobody does anything the same.  My spiritual path is going to be a different story than yours.  Just keep walking, keep trudging and you will reach your spiritual maturation in your own time.  I promise, once you get there, you will love every minute of it!