‘All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances, And one man in his time plays many parts.’ – William Shakespeare
We all play many roles at any given season of our lives. How well we play these roles depends on our priorities and how we invest the short time we have on this earth. For me, my most treasured roles are a child and servant of God, a wife to my husband of 6 years, and a mother to my three children. Even though these are the most important, they don’t always get the first place that they deserve in my life. When I do succeed in putting them first, everything else falls into place and I can be the best at the rest of my key roles: writer, teacher, daughter, sister, and friend, among others.
Though I have the free will to choose how I will play out my roles and have significant control over myself (including thoughts, attitudes, behaviors, body, etc), it took me a while to realize that I am not the Author of the play. And since I must surrender to the Author what is His creation, I have to come to grips with the fact that I do not have control over events, other actors, and scenes in which I find myself. Still, the Author loves me. So, I can trust He has brought together all the fragments of His masterpiece for my good in what will be a grand ending along the fairytale lines of “they lived happily ever after.”
To find out “What Is ‘Going Plaid,'”
please see the first blog post in the July 2012 archive.