Words from my heart
Dear Laura Beth,
I haven’t heard from you in months. I think it’s been a year—one whole year! Why haven’t you written? Someone told me you started working full time again. And you quit school, right? I’m really sorry to hear that. You were doing great in your classes, and I know how much you loved being with the other students. You couldn’t get through a day without telling someone about what you had learned or experienced at school. Even though you struggled to write those research papers, you did good work. Hey, do you remember that first-ever APA paper you wrote for SOC 350? You thought you were going to DIE! But you got through it and actually aced that twelve-page monster! Well done, LB.
I’m still curious, though. Why exactly did you stop writing? Not a single word for yourself or others. Your long silence concerns me. People have missed your stories—Lori asked about your blog just the other day!
Listen, I understand full time work requires high energy. At the end of the day, you just want to go home and relax. But take an honest look at how you’re relaxing. Facebook, MSN, and Pinterest? They’re stealing your precious time and energy. You know as well as I do that they’re masters at sucking life out of people.
It’s been a year—one long year—and it’s time. Seriously, it is time.
It is time to make changes.
It is time to live again.
It is time to write again.
Laura Beth, please consider how you’ll spend your time in 2017, and as you do, I implore you to embrace the words and wisdom of Ecclesiastes—I call it Ecclesiastes living. There’s a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven, so pray for the wisdom to know when to be active and when to be still. Pray for the wisdom to know when to speak and when to be silent. Pray for the wisdom to know when to begin and end seasons.
You know I’m telling you these things because I love you and want the best for you—the very best! I can hear your mom now . . . “is it good, better, or best?” What are good choices? What are better choices? What are the best choices?
The best choice you can make for 2017 is to LIVE. You may not have died writing that APA paper, but you have been dying a slow death on your couch for the past twelve months. To quote Rachel Wolchin, “don’t die before you’re dead.” LB, it is time to end your season of dying.
Please make choices that add meaning and purpose and joy to your life. Please pray for wisdom. Please . . . I miss you.
With love, Your heart
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens. Eccl. 3:1, NIV