Life as Lou

Going Out Of My Way

  • December 12, 2011 6:11 pm

 

“Alice. . . explained, as well as she could, that she had lost her way.

‘I don’t know what you mean by your way,’ said the Queen: ‘all the ways about here belong to me — but why did you come out here at all?’ she added in a kinder tone. ‘Curtsey while you’re thinking what to say, it saves time.’” – Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carrol  

I have been blessed with many opportunities to be of service lately.  I haven’t done anything grand.  I’ve watched friends children, shared baked goods and meals, given Christmas gifts, listened when someone needed to be heard, ironed a shirt and washed tiny, grubby hands, to name a few.  Some of these things are a part of my every day, but many have required going out of my way.

These opportunities have come while I have been pondering how a person can consecrate her life to Christ, and about what that really means.  “To consecrate” something is to make it holy, to dedicate it specifically for a purpose.  Many of us would like our lives to have more meaning; we want to see the sacred beauty in life with clarity.  But the spiritually pure is hard to see, even if we know it is there, and especially when we feel at the mercy of the threatening, all consuming minutia that can fill our days and so easily blind us to anything but the next worldly triumph or catastrophe.

Yesterday, in Sunday School our teacher mentioned good works.  We read in James that ‘faith without works is dead’(James 2:26). We demonstrate our faith through our works, and in so doing, draw nearer to Christ in action and in heart. I couldn’t help but consider that we are also commanded to become like the Savior, who spent His entire, perfect life in unheralded service.  His good works had great meaning, and if there is anything that we could do to ‘be ye therefore perfect,’ (Matt 5:48) it would have to begin with service.  Our acts of service are so much smaller than His, and yet can have significant meaning, particularly when we consecrate those moments to God.  When, in the right spirit, we wash a dish for our family, change a diaper or take a little extra time to bring a meal to someone in need we are taking the time to go out of our way- and into His way.

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts (scripture: Isaiah 55:8-9; KJV).

Unlike the queen in Alice and Wonderland, all ways are not the Lord’s ways.  He gives us the incredible gift of choice, and we are free to choose liberty or captivity by how we use the time He has given us (2 Nephi 2:27).  I was struck by the thought yesterday that I was happiest when I was going out of my way, and that perhaps the whole point is to go out of our way and into His better, holier, more perfect way.  Most of the time when we feel like we have lost our way, we have actually forsaken God’s way, and the disconnect that follows is profound.

With this new year approaching, I am taking time to ‘consider my ways’ (Haggai 1:5-6) and recommitting to walk always in His way, especially when that means going out of mine.

4 Comments

  1. Marinette says:

    Love reading your religion posts, your feelings and your opinions:) I learn a lot of things and I love it♥

  2. Lilith says:

    Love reading your thoughts on the Lord, really inspiring!

  3. Susan Martiez says:

    Wow really enjoyed reading your post.. Left me with some deep thinking and appreciate the deep impact. Looking forward to reading more! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!!!! Hugs Susan

  4. Sue says:

    Nice perspective. I appreciate that you share your little insights on life.
    Some times going out of our way isn’t even a very long trip. :)

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