This past Sunday afternoon I was delighted to have a few free hours to go on a motorcycle ride. I felt like a kid going to Disney as I shrugged into my jacket and strapped on my helmet. And the first couple of miles zooming down the Natchez Trace Parkway were glorious. I rode past deer and wild turkey and watched a red-tailed hawk slice through the blue horizon in front of me. I could feel my soul beginning to settle within me.
There was just one small problem. My jeans were too tight. So there I was, trying to relax on a much-needed joyride through the hills of Tennessee, yet distracted by the distinct pinch of waistband biting into muffin-top. Now I could’ve berated myself with my usual pudgy lecture, “Doggone It, Lisa – you’ve done it again! Why’d you have to eat chips and guacamole last night? Do you know how hard it’s going to be to lose these ten pounds again?” Or I could’ve just ridden on in misery, grimly assuming that pinch was the penance I deserved for being a Tex-Mex fan. Instead I chose a third option. I pulled over into a rest area, put my bike in neutral, unbuttoned my jeans and resumed riding with a liberated grin!
Because we have an enemy who is determined to steal, kill and destroy our hope and peace, you can bet your bottom dollar that unpleasant distractions will creep into your calendar this week. Flat tires, lost homework assignments, tight jeans, burned casseroles, or the flu might just threaten to ruin the afterglow of Labor Day. But we don’t have to let them. We can DETERMINE. TO. CHOOSE. JOY. We can call a friend for a ride and catch up on what’s happening in their life as a bonus. We can hug homework-challenged children. We can turn off the oven and order a pizza. And we can unbutton our jeans.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8, The Message
Here’s to a great week because we’re God’s girls and therefore distractions won’t derail us!
Biased on Your Behalf,