I would use the phrase “it’s hard to see the forest through the trees.” I would say it often and in different settings, home, work, with friends, etc. I believe this phrase may be true but it was only part of the puzzle for me. We went on our first family vacation, with only our immediate family this last week. We drove out to Pigeon Forge, TN and spent the week taking in the breath taking views and some of the many attractions/excursions available to us in that beautiful part of the country. It seems like it took me physically going to and being in/on the mountains to see that I figuratively only thought I was in the proverbial forest. I now believe the truth is that I had been in the desert and for so long that all I could see was the mirage of a forest that surrounded me. I have been a very selfish individual in the past and I am working hard to get better. The first night we arrived I was too busy, plugged into the outside world yet to fully comprehend that my wife and children were experiencing the mountains in a very real way for the first time in their lives and I missed it. I didn’t fully miss it but I wasn’t fully engaged and I didn’t even realize it. My wife and I had to have an uncomfortable conversation that night, it had to happen or else I was going to miss the rest of the trip by not being fully present. Thank God that my wife had the courage to speak to me and expose me for not being fully present. It certainly wasn’t easy to hear and at first I attempted to defend myself but again, I thank God that he humbled me to the point where I could really hear what my wife was saying and realize that she was right. It turns out that my wife is often right and I don’t know why but I feel the need to keep that praise from her. I’m working on that too. I’m working on a lot of things. Working on yourself is hard, it’s much easier to try and work on others and that’s why many of us try that instead but it is more productive and rewarding from what I’ve witnessed and experienced when we work on ourselves. -A humble warrior in God’s army
“Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, but he who hates reproof is stupid.” -Proverbs 12:1, ESV
“Our Father, who art in Heaven, hallowed by Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors. Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil, for Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever and ever, Amen.” -The Lords prayer
Thank You Lord, praise You Lord, bless You Lord Jesus. Thank You for this day, thank You for all the blessings You’ve given to us and all the ways You have provided for me in my life and continue to provide for my family. Thank You for the much needed down time and the time needed to unplug and reconnect our family. Thank You for providing this idea, to write privately in a public setting. Thank You for coming alongside of me, helping me and teaching me. In Your holy, mighty and precious Name, Lord Jesus, Amen.