#1: I read this verse today in my devotional time and just felt compelled to share it. I have a post in the works sort of related but it's waiting for another day :) Here's Proverbs 14:30*:
A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh,
I always think envy is sitting and stewing on something someone else has that I want. That's envy, for sure, but I think that what really brings rottenness to my bones is anytime I think I need something that I don't have. Maybe a real person in my life has it, or maybe it's just a picture in the email I get every day from Williams-Sonoma and think how unfair it is that someone else out there got the same email and just went and ordered it.
To want something is one thing; to feel incomplete because I don't have something is rather different. I'm quite sure that if I physically ached with decaying bones every time I envied something some ambiguous "better off" person has then I'd see what a problem it is. The subtle rottenness, the discontent, the lack of a tranquil heart--those are the things which seem palatable, normal. But they aren't; they are akin to a disease turning my marrow into a putrid, festering mess with which I live and secretly love despite my protests of loathing.
That's a lot to chew on. Maybe I just ruined your day, but chew on it with me if the Lord leads you to, eh?**
#2: Remember the adorable video of Roger being all happy yesterday? Well, I was just about to watch it after I put up that post when he started fussing that he was awake from his nap. I almost watched it anyway but decided to get him up and watch it with him. Boy howdy*** am I sure glad I did because I was able to capture on video the best. footage. ever. Rog laughed, I mean full on LAUGHED, at himself. It was delightful. Jason and I watched the video like 5 times last night together. It's just too cute; Rog sounds like a squeaky toy!
So, you can see it too, just in case you somehow missed it (if you're my facebook friend that seems pretty unlikely). Seriously--if you're grouchy or sad or way too busy and stressed, watch this. It reminds you that the simplest things in life are pretty dang amazing and, no offense Williams-Sonoma, but they sure can't be purchased on the internet:
Was this quick? I wrote it in about 7 minutes, length be damned!
* How awesome is the ESV online site? You can listen to the verse aloud, even. Seriously awesome sauce.
** I'm from Seattle--we don't say, "Eh." But I just felt right.
*** We don't say that, either. Blurg.