The Gift of Clarity

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I admit, I love watching strangers use their skills to conquer a task I’d never even attempt. There’s something about the clarity of the moment, the opportunity. All the distractions of the rest of life fade for a little while. Everything the competitor knows and is capable of is poured into that moment. They seem to know what they need to do and draw on years of practice or skill or a deep passion to transcend beyond who they used to be.

Clarity is a rare gift.

Most of life is more drawn out. The challenge is fuzzy. The goal is vague. The reward unclear.

To do a good job raising my children, be the wife my husband needs, live into my God-given potential. Those are some of my goals, but they get lost in dishes and bills. Lost in cleaning and laundry. Clarity is a rare gift.

Right now, in this day what is most needed? What do you need to do? Who do you need to talk to or listen to today? You have a purpose. God wants to reveal his goodness and love to humanity through you. Really.

It might be your toddler, your neighbor, or a lonely older lady in a grocery store who needs to be heard and seen and have someone touch her hand and give her a smile. Your challenge is to get outside yourself for one day. To have eyes to see and ears to hear the subtle and screaming needs around you and to respond. Not to fix everything, but to engage in a meaningful way. The goal: show God’s love to one person. The reward? Clarity.

“Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12

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