Saturday, September 6, 2008

I'll Take One in Every Color

A few years back my teenage girls and I went crazy on buying flip flops. There was such a great deal going on in one of the stores we could not resist getting a pair in every color! You know we had to coordinate the color of the flip flop with the different summer outfits we had. My husband thought we were crazy. We probably were, but we had fun. It was a mom and daughter memory. Jesus tells us in John 10:10, “I came so they can have a real and eternal life, a more and better life than they ever dreamed of,” The Message.

We need those times with our children; moments of just being crazy. Many times we become too serious, forgetting to enjoy our daughters while they are young and impressionable. Our children need to see us when we are having fun and doing things out of the ordinary. That is when they realize we are real and not some person that is untouchable.

I will admit there are times when I act too crazy, or should I say stupid, and my girls look at me with the look only girls can make and say, “Mom, please,” or just "Mom." Throughout the years I have learned not to take things so seriously. There are times I have to remind myself to chill and enjoy life because I do not want to miss out on the fun times with my family.

We are only going to go through this life once, so why not enjoy it while you can. Sure there are the pressures of making ends meet, but when we lighten up a bit we forget about our worries for at least a moment, and realize we can have fun in the middle of struggles. There may have been a woman in the congregation that hurt your feelings or it may seem as if the little ones will never grow up.

Don't rush through circumstances. There are joys to capture and lessons to learn...if we take our time to enjoy life.

In the next post I will bring out how we can add color to our life. Until

then...take someone with you and have fun with life!


Angela C said...

Cheryl, I agree. As Women in Ministry we are busy balancing so many important activities, mentoring, counseling, planning, administrating, keeping the house clean, laundry fresh, kids fed and entertained and husband happy that we can just forget to relax and have some fun. You sound like a Sanguine who loves to have fun but your Melancholy or Choleric friends in ministry have a difficult time just having fun -- it's not the responsible thing to do. But, we need the Sanguines to remind us that life is more than work. Thanks for the reminder.

Mentoring Women In Ministry said...

Angela, I have continual conflicts with my Sanguine/Choleric personality. I am constantly keeping both in check. ha.

Angela C said...

I knew we had something in common -- I'm Choleric/Sanguine and when the Sanguine takes over, God help the Choleric! Of course, it should be the other way around because the Choleric is the bossy one, but I'm giving permission to myself to be more Sanguine.

I had a similar episode as you with your flip flops while shopping with my mother for hats. We had the most fun trying on different styles of hats. We laughed till we cried and she almost had an accident -- wouldn't be the first time. But I'll never forget that time with her just having fun.

Deb said...

Oh it is so important to enjoy the journey yes? We are not guaranteed tomorrow so my motto is making memories while enjoying the journey!! Love it! Have a great weekend, cant wait for more color:)