Thoughtful Thursday with Meez Carrie
It’s Thursday again! How did that happen? It was Family Day here on Monday, so it kind of snuck up on me.
What a great honour to have with me today my dear friend Carrie Schmidt, otherwise known as Meez Carrie from ReadingIsMySuperPower.org. I met her in real life in Nashville while attending the CFRR 2016 (Christian Fiction Reader’s Retreat)
The question I am asking myself, and my guests is this:
What has been dominating your thoughts lately?
Carrie, take it away:
What has been dominating my thoughts lately?
Little, petty things that don’t matter in the eternal scheme of things. But right now? They apparently matter to me a lot.
Like… being under a boil water advisory for two days. While the water company was practically right outside our front door, fixing the water line break for the whole county. Which led to an irritation for my dog Zuzu. Who proceeded to make her irritation known by barking all. afternoon. long. Another irritation for me.
Like… my husband wearing one black sock and one brown sock yesterday. Why did that drive me so crazy? I have no idea. But it did.
Like… my blog’s host server crashing. Again.
Like… my country’s President. The less said about this, the better.
Like… people who just stay on my last nerve.
Like… God not letting me stay at my own pity party.
There’s the real rub, isn’t it? We get good and irritated – or discouraged or fed up – and then He never lets us stay that way. Maybe He has our paths cross with someone who is dealing with actual problems that make our irritations seem as trivial as they really are. Or maybe He leads us to just the right Scripture verse to remind us to fix our eyes on Him and not the things of this world. Or maybe He just whispers words of grace to our hearts.
I’ve heard it said that God loves us just the way we are… but He also loves us too much to let us stay that way. And so He refines us and shapes us to be more like Him. Sometimes it’s through trials that anyone would agree are life-changing. But more often (thankfully), it’s through the little irritations in life.
Francesca Battistelli, in her song This Is The Stuff, sings about exactly this – the stuff that drives us crazy, the stuff that gets under our skin. It’s the stuff that can make us forget how much we’re blessed. But she also reminds us that this is exactly the stuff that God uses to teach us patience and make us more like Him. It never fails – when I’m having a day that’s full of more “pity” than “party”, that song somehow crosses my path and hits me in the heart.
Being thankful for the irritations? Ohhhhh goobers. That’s a tough one, isn’t it? Maybe I’m not quite there yet, but I pray that like Paul I’ll learn to embrace the thorns in my flesh as opportunities to see God’s grace most perfected in my weaknesses. And yeah, like Francesca sings, these irritations are certainly not the way I would choose to get my attention but God knows exactly what He’s doing.
Which is why He’s God and I’m not. And the whole world said, “Amen.”
Thank you Carrie!
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Carrie Schmidt is an avid reader, book reviewer, story addict, KissingBooks fan, book boyfriend collector, and cool aunt. She loves Jesus and THE Story a whole lot. Carrie lives in Kentucky with her husband Eric and their quirky dog Zuzu and is a co-founder of the Christian Fiction Readers’ Retreat. You can visit Carrie at her Blog, Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children.