My friend Melanie is busy. She’s an author, speaker, does conferences for Catholic women and, oh yeah, has a full-time job.
What she said at dinner last week stopped me in my tracks: “I’m perfectly happy where I am right now.”
Have you ever said that?
…I’m not sure I have.
I had just been telling her my plans for the next few months: the talks and retreats I’d been invited to speak at and how I wanted to finally finish a book I’ve been (mostly not) writing for years. I was focusing on what I hadn’t done. And it made me a little agitated.
“Perfectly happy where I am right now” has been wafting like fresh air through my mind ever since she said it.
Some of us are self-inflicted busy. A project sounds fun so we jump on it and when the time comes say, “How am I going to wedge this in?” But that doesn’t stop us from piling up to-do lists that would crush us if they fell over.
Melanie didn’t mean that she had reached the heights of sainthood. She didn’t mean that serving others by sharing her gifts was too hard or wasn’t worth it. Just the opposite—she meant that she trusts God’s plans for her more than her tally of accomplishments. She trusts that God’s fullness is greater than her need. It’s trusting that a year from today, she can choose to be “perfectly happy” wherever God has brought her to that day.
In Psalm 95, God says, “They do not know my ways, so they can’t enter into my rest.” Our pride makes us shun God’s rest. Humility opens us to rest our souls in Him. Humility recognizes that God has led us to where He wants us today, and that our value lies not in how much we get done, but in how much we let the freshness of His love into this moment.
Thanks for the reminder, Melanie. I needed that.
And maybe you do, too :)
P.S. There’s more Melanie at melanierigney.com