Giving Up Isn’t So Bad.
I had 607 unread blogs in my Google Reader yesterday. I hadn’t read blogs since before Easter. And as the unread blog count grew each day, I became less and less interested in what it was all those folks were saying. So I gave up.
*Mark All As Read*
I had a box of small keepsakes and “treasures” I’d been carrying around with me since my early teen years. I used to display these items on shelves or in a china hutch. Without shelves or a china hutch, they’ve been living in a box. So I gave most of them up.
*“Have nothing in your home that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.”*
(19th century architect William Morris)
I should have spent the afternoon cleaning the house on Thursday. Instead, I napped for 2 hours. I gave in.
*I needed rest more than I needed clean toilets.*
Our on-faucet water filter fell off and stayed off for three days. When I couldn’t fix it, I gave up, put it under the sink, and went back to regular tap water.
*A problem for another day.*
There are many afternoons when Ainsley goes shirtless and/or pantless. It’s not a battle worth fighting. I give up, and let the girl run free.
*We’re both happier in the end.*
Sometimes, you just can’t figure it all out. You just can’t come up with a plan. You just don’t know what’s next.
*So just give up.*
Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Matthew 6:25-34)