I could be just plain exhausted

Whether early in life, mid-life, end of life, or all through life, no one will escape the pain. It may be physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or some of each.

We each have our unique methods of how we deal with life.

RhymeZone defines the word “Thorough” as meaning so much more than complete. It says “painstakingly careful and accurate, exhaustively complete.” 

This is more than “get the job done”.

I have actually been asking myself questions lately, so when I saw this, I said, “here I go again, having to stand under the light.” One who seeks answers will always be given answers. We are then faced with a choice to heed or deny.

Am I really living what I am writing?” 

I wish I could say a resounding yes to every advice I have given, or taken every advice I have applauded. I wish I was as thorough in my everyday life as I am in writing about it. We as writers take time and effort to be painstakingly accurate with how we craft our words. We want to communicate well, teach, help, and encourage someone else.

The truth is, although we may wholeheartedly believe what we say, and have learned the lessons we share, we still have areas we are not as thorough as we could be. 

The promising hope in this is “We are aiming toward it.”

“Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own.” (Phil 3:12 ESV)

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Being thorough is painful and exhausting. Do we do pain on purpose? 

When I consider the purpose greater than the process I will endure the pain.

There are some things I do not do with painstaking accuracy. I give excuses, I let pride enter, I do the surface thing, or I let myself believe it will all turn out okay without me. I procrastinate, or worse, leave it for someone else.

I need to know what is vain and wasteful versus what is valuable and viable. I can spend too much time being hypersensitive to things we should let go. Relationships must either mend or end and we need to discern what is profitable. We are not doormats for people to step on. Healthy boundaries are necessary for every venue.

Everyone knows someone on both sides of this spectrum. In health issues alone we see the pendulum swing to its opposite ends. Some not making the necessary choices to maintain a good, productive lifestyle; others living to the extreme. We are all victims of this on some level. 

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Ps 34:18 ESV)

Pain is designed to be a means of bringing us to a greater purpose.

Seeing the results of our own mistakes and less-than-determined actions break and crush us. The pain often is more agonizing than the process would have been.

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” J(Heb 12:2 KJV)

We are not without hope.

Jesus considered mankind worthy enough that He painstakingly died on the cross for sin. He was remarkably accurate to fulfill scripture in every detail so that He could have a relationship with us. The results? Now He is sitting at the right hand of the throne of God.

The simple choice is to accept it. If we do, He is faithful to us. If we do not, the pain down the road will be an ever agonizing experience. 

Am I everything I write all the time? I have treated the prompts on this challenge with great carefulness in an effort to be exhaustively complete with what I am being taught. Yes, the light has been on me probably a lot more than on you. 

I will never be totally accurate and exhaustively complete, but that has to be okay. I just want to keep listening, learning and loving Jesus because He did the hardest part for me.

Life and pain go hand in hand. How will we do it?

Hi, my name is Mary and I am a writer of hope, sorting through the mudpuddles and rainbows of my life. I believe God can be found in all of it.
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Hi, my name is Mary and I am a writer of hope, sorting through the mudpuddles and rainbows of my life. I believe God can be found in all of it.

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