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God Created a Farmer

I don’t know if it’s the “preacher” voice or the beautiful words.  I don’t know if it’s the pictures that bring back memories of growing up in a farming town…the beauty of the land, the weathered hands and faces of neighbors and friends…the talk of harvests and crops and rain and animals.  I suppose it’s all of those things and more.

It’s the blessing of the food and the abundance of God’s love for us.  It’s the gratitude I feel when I take a minute to think about farmers and their commitment and their patience and their grace.

It’s because I’m in awe of their quiet, gentle way about living. They know the land and the sky and the wind and the sun and they honor all of them.  It’s because they accept the ebb and flow of life and harvests and because they keep doing what they do in the good and the bad years.  There is hope in that acceptance and it is beautiful.

This commercial came on last night and the room fell silent.  It’s the contrast of a graceful voice – gentle but strong – talking about God and farmers – juxtaposed against Beyonce and her amped up sexuality.  It was a moment of grace in the middle of the spectacle.  The noise stopped for 2 minutes and we paid attention.

We honored this commercial and in doing so, we honored the farmers and our God who created them and continues to sustain them.  If you missed it, watch it here now.  If you saw it, watch it again.  If you were in a room full of people that didn’t fall silent and you don’t know what I’m talking about, do yourself a favor and watch.

Take a couple minutes to remember and to thank God and to thank the farmers.

 

Amen.

They say one of the greatest fears of people today is that they will live an ordinary life.  That they will not be famous or well known or rich.  That their lives will mean nothing unless they are played out on the world stage.  It makes me sad that our society supports and perpetuates this lie.  It makes me even sadder that there are times when I have also believed this lie.

There are times when I write this blog and hope for more hits and more views and more subscribers thinking that all of those things will make me a “real writer”.  I’m ashamed to say that there have been times that I have been jealous when other writers are published and I am not.  I would love for one of my posts to go viral and for me to get tons of publicity and recognition.  I am embarrassed to say that I have looked outside for affirmation knowing full well that I only need to write for an audience of One.

I know this is it.  My opportunity.  My real life.  I know it’s my time to sow – to write and to pray with people and to encourage others in their faith.  Whether it’s one person or twenty or twenty million…that’s up to God.  I will write for Him.  And then I’ll take a lesson from the farmers.  The lesson about Hope…and commitment and acceptance.

My dream is to feed with my words like they have fed with their hands and their hard work.  I will write so maybe my words are the quiet 2 minutes for someone in the day that is a spectacle.  I will write so they hear grace and gratitude amidst the hyped up sexuality and violence of our culture.  I will write so that for a few minutes, there is no noise and in the quiet…they can hear God.

If one person hears the voice of God through something I have written or something I have shared, if one person opens a Bible for the first time or falls to their knees in prayer,  if one person understands and really gets it that they are not alone and they are loved…then I have reached His dream for me.  That dream that is bigger and better than all the others…the dream that is deep in my heart and will bring real, lasting joy…the dream of feeding His people…of sharing the Bread of Life…of bringing nourishment to a hungry world.

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It’s your life

Do you remember the Nike ads from the 80’s?

You can see why I love this one!  YES!!!

I have many saved in my “journal/scrapbook/collection of all things” from when I was a teenager.  I used to pour over magazines and rip out what I thought was inspiring or pretty or interesting and I’d put it all together in these big art books.  I still have them and Nike ads are pouring out of them. 

The ads are about much more than working out.  They are about embracing life and pursuing your dreams and celebrating yourself.  They challenge us to get up off the couch and create the life we want. 

Not your life according to other people, your life according to you.

Not the life we inherited, the life we want. 

Not the life I give in and settle for, the life I fight for, the life I create because I want it and because I can and because I refuse to settle.

 Here’s a recent posting I saw on the internet.

I remember seeing a sign when I was younger that said, “Be patient with me.  God isn’t finished with me yet.”  I believe that is still true.  God isn’t finished with me yet.  Or you.  Or any of us. 

Go ahead, get out there, do it.  Your life is waiting…start creating.

 
©2012 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved
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Create

What would you attempt if you knew you could not fail?   -Robert H. Schuller

My friend and I were talking last night about our dreams.  We are both in the midst of pursuing our passions.  For me, it’s the blog and writing and for her, it’s something else creative.  We were talking about the challenges of following your heart.  Sometimes we don’t know where we are headed or what our next step is but we are enjoying the moment.  Each moment leads to another inspired moment even when we don’t know what the outcome will be.

That is one of the things I’ve learned from yoga.  They say to “not be attached to outcome”.  That is a huge challenge in American society in 2011.  Americans are all about outcome and achievement and final product and success.  It’s also a huge challenge for me personally.  I love success and achievement and competition and growth and status and popularity and money!! Who doesn’t????

But I’ve realized I love something else more.  I love following my heart.  I am energized more every day when I speak (and write) my own truth.  I feel jazzed and excited to forge my own path.  Is it scary? Yes.  Is it uncertain? Yes.  Do some people reject it? Yes.  Is that hurtful? Yes.

So why would anyone attempt to put themselves out there?  Why not just take the easy path and go with the flow? 

Because then you are not really living. 

If you have a dream, even a glimmer of an idea that gets you really excited and energized, you should pursue that.  Even if it means you are painting furniture in your garage for 2 years (which I did!) and not making any money (yep, me again) and making a really big mess (my husband came out to the garage and said, “I feel like Sanford and Son!”).  I felt great in old dirty jeans listening to music and painting and meeting new people and trying to sell stuff I’ve made.  It was exciting and liberating and fun!  I felt authentic.  I felt like me.

Some people may say it was not a success.  By the world’s standards, I don’t have anything to show for that experience except a bunch of furniture in my house that I’ve painted.  But in my heart and in my soul, that experience was huge.  I learned to believe in myself and my enthusiasm and my dreams.  I can’t even tell you all I learned about myself and others in that experience.  That was a turning point for me on my journey.  I am richer (in the best sense of the word) for it. 

So I guess this blog entry is for all of you (us) who are pursuing our passions.  Define success by one person’s definition…yours.  Do not let the opinions of others deter you.  You are unique and divinely made.  There is a plan for you and are most alive when you are pursuing what you love. 

Is it painting? Writing? Cooking? Opening your own business? Gardening? Yoga? Do you want to write a play, a movie? Do you want to take an improv class? Do you want to go back to school? Do you want to teach? Do you want to work at a shelter? Do you want to run a marathon?  Climb a mountain? Do you want to share your faith? Do you want to write poetry? Do you want to travel? Do you want to take photographs?

If you are like me, you may want to do all of this!  That is the best part!  We are never done.  We are never in a place where we cannot afford to grow more, learn more, do more, be more.  If you try something and you find it is no longer serving you, then you can change what you are doing.  Nothing is written in stone.  If something is not right for you, it is still valuable.  It has moved you forward. 

What makes you come alive?  Do it.  When others wonder what you are doing or question how you are going to progress or succeed or achieve in this endeavor, I hope you tell them, “I don’t know but I’m excited to find out.  I hope you’ll join me on the journey and support me in creating something beautiful!” 

Go ahead, create.  Beautify the world with the vision that is uniquely yours.  Who knows where it will lead? 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 ©2011 Sue Bidstrup, Great Big Yes™ All Rights Reserved