This must be “the pearl of great price.” To the extent that our soul is alive and connected, we are satisfied with the “enoughness” of who we are and the “more than enoughness” of many present moments. Richard Rohr
As I begin to meet with the Joy team to plan and prepare for The Joy Retreat 2019, I realize I need to recall my personal ups and downs regarding Joy 2018. looking back and recognizing the places of growth and the places for new growth is a beneficial exercise for me. This exercise brings to mind my strengths, which give me confidence, and my weaknesses which give me the desire to do better. It brings me to a place where I can recognize my success and with humility begin to embark on a new adventure. I am also reminded that the practice of recalling my ups and downs has not always been healthy for me. I have been known to spend more time on my weaknesses than my strengths, and to beat myself up to the point of paralysis. Learning to give equal measure to both, and limiting the amount of time spent on recounting events has turned this act into a starting point rather than the stumbling block it used to be. What a gift to let go of regret and disappointment and make room for more gratitude and grace. I am grateful to have the opportunity to share God’s grace and guide others toward a new experience of joy as it is by the grace of God that I am being led.
But by the grace of God, I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect… 1 Corinthians 15:10
Every day offers us the opportunity to look back for a moment and see where we have grown and where we would like to see growth. How can you use yesterday’s moments today as a starting point toward becoming more polished? You are already priceless!