That’s Five Minute Friday‘s prompt word for the week. And here I’ve just walked to my computer this morning to discover it, right after promising myself that yes, I would publish this time. If I didn’t like what I wrote on the first try, I’d do a second free write. So here it is, whatever it is:
Funny this should be today’s word. At the first day of this month, I did some hard thinking, some deciding. I determined that every day in September ought to be a D Day. By that I mean a day living out some D words that I’d considered at the start of the year as possible “One Word”s, but brushed them all off. Words like
(…. break! … this is bad… I’ve got to stop and go look in my journal!…)
Why a daily D-Day? Well, since I had to fetch my journal, here’s a big part of the reason, copied from there:
“I see, in retrospect, that a great lot of my wasting of opportunities, of time and talent, has come directly from indecisiveness, and that born of uncertainty. Unsure which path to take, I have sat at too many crossroads instead of taking any of the offered routes. Afraid of erring, I have erred by omission, many omissions.”
I have said “No,” to myself too many times, in almost every case because of uncertainty, over-carefulness, lack of confidence, or downright fear—usually of making a fool of myself. And it’s finally getting through to me (I hope!) how much I can make a real fool of myself by such self-stifling.
I’m not talking about ignoring conscience or trampling all over anybody else’s rights or needs. I’m talking about ignoring being the me that God made me to be, and living it out with joy, with determined, deliberate, diligent dedication and delight, of saying yes to all that He’s put in me, and to the generous love He daily gives me. After all, isn’t that really a devoted, a devotional, way of living?
Yes, I think so.
Now let me go stand in front of the mirror and practice saying that little three-letter word to myself!
RELATED: This quote long buried among my clippings:
“Use what talent you possess:
the woods would be very silent
if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
-Henry Van Dyke
Also RELATED: This motto I long ago penned for myself—which concisely expresses the desire I’ve ignored or buried too much, and need to live out more in my daily doings:
“I wanna be the me that He made me to be!”
(And now I take a breath and click “publish,” which is, after all, a definite “yes.”)
Q: Is there something right and good that you could/should be saying “yes” to, something you’ve been turning down too long?
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*Photos, edited, courtesy of Hubs, who thought I could use them for “a parable or something.” I didn’t think so. But yes, these birdies made a perfectly fitting parable to add to this post!