Greetings from Michigan. It is so unbelievably lovely here right now. Wherever I go I pass roadside produce stands brimming with bushel upon bushel of freshly picked apples. I am snacking on them between every meal and spending most of my days with my family and friends as we share memories and simply enjoy the rare gift of face to face time together.
I have been contemplating the idea of a top ten list for my life as it stands right now. This list would be the top ten things I need to be reminded of often, not only because they are foundational and important, but because I often get distracted and forget them. I decided it would be hilarious yet practical to record these top ten truths and put them in a teddy bear voice box. That way anytime I feel lost I could hug my soft reminder bear and God could use it to give me direction.
Also, since I hate the sound of my own voice so I decided that I’ll have Morgan Freeman record my top ten list. This will really add impact and authority to my reminder bear. I am pretty sure that when I get to heaven God will sound just like Morgan Freeman anyway.
Top Ten List for Reminder Bear:
(Don’t get caught up on the order as the bear will dole out these truths at random)
1) In the busy-ness and the mess, be still and know that I am God. Yes today and yes for you.
2) Every part of life, the good and the bad, is a season. Don’t let the bad destroy you and don’t forget to savor the good moments.
3) While you’re out, swing by the store and buy milk, eggs, and bananas. Because you’re probably running low on all three. Silly but true, and I bet when Morgan Freeman says it, it sounds so profound!
4) You aren’t destined to become your mom. You are own person and your family will follow a new course, through my (God’s) faithfulness I will be glorified in your perseverance.
5) I (God) don’t need another “them” but I absolutely need you to be the you I made you to be.
6) Remember the order of your Calling. You are my daughter, Kel’s wife, your children’s mom and a writer. You aren’t a chef, maid or professional Facebook-er so use your time accordingly.
7) When life gets too much for you, you should probably get in the bathtub and remember who you are and where you are going. A glass of wine wouldn’t hurt either.
8) Believe the best about other people, they are rarely being jerks on purpose, so often they just don’t understand. Be patient.
9) You don’t need to earn my (God’s) love, you already have it, rest in this truth, and stop trying so hard.
10) Stop right now and be thankful for five things, this is a healthy and healing discipline and you will never regret doing it.
I think we could all use a reminder bear, or at least a chalkboard that we could go to when we in our human weakness forget. These are the truths that I need for today, for the leg of my journey that I find myself in right now. I am certain that my reminder bear needs will change as I grow, but for now I am loving this little list. Now to tweet Morgan Freeman and ask him a small favor…
Your turn, share a few things that you would put on your reminder bear list.