What Shaving My Legs has to do with Living a Great Life! A Glimpse of Heaven

It is summer time and its shorts season and that means I have to shave my legs more frequently (unless I want to gross out a lot of people). I have this habit of looking for the symbolism in the ordinary events of life. Believe it or not – I believe that there is some profound symbolism to be learned from shaving my legs!

The other day, I was sitting at the lake with my family and I looked down to see a tiny little forest of hair on one of my legs right behind my ankle bone. I was so grateful that only family was around and horrified by what I was seeing! My little forest was not just a few nubs of hair – every hair in the grouping was at least ¼ inch long (long by leg shaving standards!). It was obvious that although I shaved my legs almost every day that I was consistently missing that certain area of my leg.

Now the reason for this story is not to horrify you with what you might be picturing in your mind (of my leg) but to explain the symbolism I see in this event. In analyzing how my forest of hair came to be – it is obvious that way too often I shave my legs on autopilot. In other words, I shave the same places in the same order without really looking at the “Big Picture” or taking the time to really see what I am doing.

I think life is too often lived on autopilot too. But life is too precious to be lived on autopilot. If we don’t make the effort to really see what is going on around us and to recognize our blessings we miss out on sooo much!

Let me share an example with you. Not long ago I was at a water complex with all of my grandchildren and their mothers. It was a fun for me just sitting on the side of a pool and talking to my daughters and daughter-in-laws. Then it occurred to me that I was missing some great photo opportunities and I took my camera and went searching for my grandchildren.

It was not long before I came across one of my four year old granddaughters. She was in a part of the complex called the river all by herself. She had a life jacket on so she was not in any danger but she was surrounded on all sides by large numbers of people who were much bigger than she was and I could see in her face that she was feeling really overwhelmed.

I called out to her and she reached out to me. She quickly asked me if I would stay with her. I did stay with her and what a learning experience that was for me. Her little four year old self wanted to be both independent and to have safety and security. She would hold onto me for several minutes and then she would let go when she started feeling secure. That process repeated itself many times over and it was such a teaching experience for me. I already knew her well enough to know that she had a strong desire to exert her independence but I learned how important it is to her for me to be a support to her – even when she is trying to “do it myself”. My time with her in the river became a really special bonding time. She may be only 4 but eventually she will be 14 and when she is, I believe my influence with her will be much greater because of the time that I am spending with her now.

Had I continued on “autopilot” at the water complex, I would have still had a great time with my family members but I would have missed out on a really precious moment in my life.
Who would have thought shaving my legs could teach me so much! …What a reminder for me to be on the lookout for more precious opportunities and to be more aware of what is going on around me!

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Law of the Harvest – Glimpse of Heaven

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I find it interesting that so many of us have lost sight of the Law of the Harvest.  There is such beauty in the Law of the Harvest. For me, the Law of the Harvest is all about individuality and blossoming into who we are meant to be.

Today’s technological world has easily convinced too many that all things should come in an instant: wealth, happiness, fame, education, skills, etc.  This world was not created in an instant and nothing of true value and worth ever is.

Life is about growth and improvement. No one ever created a good habit in an instant and nobody has ever created a life of integrity and character in an instant.  A truly meaningful life is not even built from a handful of momentous occasions – it is built from a timely process of experiences and choices that build in positive ways.

In order to grow and improve, we must follow nature’s sequence:

  • Planting
  • Cultivating/Nurturing
  • Harvest

Throughout our lives that natural process is meant to occur over and over again. For each of us, the variety of seeds that are planted will be a combination that is uniquely our own. No seed that is planted should be discounted – each seed is important for it is creating the harvest that is meant to be us.

The planting is crucial and the harvest is meant to be glorious but the most important part is the cultivating and nurturing.  There is no end result worth mentioning without the cultivating and nurturing. The strength and beauty of the harvest comes only when the seed is planted, given the appropriate amount of time, fed the right nutrients, and has enough sunshine.

When a human spirit comes to earth, it needs the same kinds of things that a plant does to have a glorious end result. We need to be planted where we can grow (which is not always where we imagine would be best), receive plenty of the right foods and water, have lots of nurturing and tender care and we need lots and lots of “Son” shine.

I am not who I am as a result of one major life event. I am more who I am because of the seemingly insignificant events that play out in my life daily. Each one of those events and choices that occur in my life build who I currently am and who I will become. The same holds true for everyone.

As for myself, I like to think of myself more like a tomato plant. I do best when I am surrounded by a sturdy cage (my family, friends, and access to and sources of eternal truth). The fruits that my life has produced and will continue to produce are of varying sizes and will ripen at various times but regardless of the size and harvest time – the quality of every piece of fruit depends on the consistent nurture and care given to the entire plant.

Every piece of fruit the plant produces not only has value of its own – its contributes to the value of the entire plant. And…each one is has its own unique time to be ready for harvesting.

When we try to rush our children through childhood; demand more of ourselves than we are currently prepared to give and/or expect instant results without the appropriate effort and/or time involved – we are forgetting the law of the harvest. All of God’s creations are meant to be a part of the Law of the Harvest. Who we are meant to be will not be created overnight and will be most successful when given the appropriate time and care. I am grateful that that law honors who we are and who we are meant to become and creates those glorious results we want like nothing else can!

 

 

 

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Happy Birthday America! A Glimpse of Heaven

I am soooo grateful for being a citizen of the United States of America! I am grateful for the freedoms that we enjoy as citizens of this country. What a blessing it is to be a citizen of a nation that has used its powers to bring freedom and greater security to the citizens of other nations rather than use its powers to dominate and rule over other them!

I am grateful that the Founding Fathers of this nation were men who:

  • Believed in God
  • Believed in God’s power
  • Believed that freedom was a God-given right
  • Risked their lives and their fortunes in order that this nation might be free.

It was not an accident that their motto was “In God We Trust”. The founding of this country is a testament to what can and will be done when God’s children trust in Him and act upon His inspiration. This nation will always be a great and strong nation as long as the majority of its citizens look to God for their strength and guidance.

I will always remember how grateful I was to land on U.S. soil after flying home from Russia while the Kosovo conflict was raging. Never before had I realized how wonderful it is to be a citizen of this country! Freedom – wherever it is found is a blessing and should never be taken for granted!

I cannot express enough thanks to all who have sacrificed their time, being with their families and loved ones, their comfort and their lives that the freedom of this nation might be preserved and the world in which we live in might be filled with more free and less filled with tyranny!

I hope that all of us will remember how blessed we are and never take our freedom for granted. I also hope that during this election year that we will look to elect men and women who believe in God and who look to Him for strength and guidance in their lives. Happy Birthday America!

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