I want to welcome Ruth “Ruthy” Logan Herne to my blog today. Ruthy and I met “online,” as so many of us do, and I consider her a dear friend. She is strong in her faith and a prayer warrior! Be blessed as you read her post.
Looking Back to Move Forward
by Ruth Logan Herne
People hear about momentum all the time. We see crash test dummies and safety testing and how cars are rated based on how well their steal cage holds together on impact to protect the lives of those inside. The momentum is the forward thrust. The blunt force is the immovable object. And the inertia is how our free-falling bodies continue rushing forward, after the car has crashed.
Life has the occasional crash. It is riddled with left turns, sudden stops, turns and twists. We can be happily barreling straight down the highway to a pleasant weekend or a Very Merry Christmas or a quiet visit with friends and a simple thing like a phone call with bad news changes our course. Do we swerve suddenly? Do we ride the shoulder, hoping the highway will straighten back out? Or do we cheerfully make the turn, figuring what doesn’t kill us will only make us stronger?
At various times of our lives, we might do any of the three, but that’s the beauty of life. (And yes, it’s World Series time and I’m throwing in a baseball analogy!) When life throws curves, you can either strike out or give it a ride. Or, you stay in the batter’s cage, staying alive, fouling things off until the right pitch comes along.
Momentum isn’t just how we’re moving, it’s the attitude we take to get there! It’s that morning smile, the note in the mail, the quick text of love, the funny pic on facebook or a phone call, just to say I love you.
Momentum isn’t a given. It can be a gift (Hey, You Just Won the Power Ball!!!!) or an encouragement (That dress is a knock-out! You look amazing!) or a remembrance (Our records indicate that we should see your Jeep Grand Cherokee for an oil change this month!) But momentum can also be self-propelled, and that’s the best of all. When your forward progress is due to your determination and hard work, and focus and getting up early or staying up late and saving the last piece of pie for your husband/wife/friend/kid/pick one.
Self-motivation is the best momentum. It’s the internal gift from God that helps us to be the best we can be. Do you guys remember Erma Bombeck? I loved that woman, I loved her sage humor, even when I was a kid! Her words touched a note within me, laughing and sometimes crying. Poignant humor… man, she had it! I’ve got one of Erma’s famous sayings in my kitchen, a saying I love and believe. “When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, ‘I used everything you gave me’.”
That’s the best ‘thank you’ I can give the Good Lord. My honest effort, my momentum, my way of getting it done, using what he gave me.
It’s easy to cast blame these days. Our busy society tends toward uber correctness and folks don’t have to actually take responsibility for what they’ve done the way they used to. But if we’re willing to take that forward thrust the way God intended us to, there is a wealth of possibilities waiting for us! So today, go with God. Move forward. Smile more. Open yourself to the momentum God has planned for you, because you are that special. That wondrous. That unique.
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Ruthy has been gracious enough to offer a copy of her book, Refuge of the Heart, to one lucky reader! Leave a comment about her post and your name is automatically entered. Drawing will be held Tuesday, November 10.
I read and reviewed Refuge of the Heart – a must-read wonderful book! Here’s the link to my review: www.musingsofedwina.com/…./book-review-refuge-of-the-heart
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Multi-published, best-selling author Ruth Logan Herne has nearly thirty books out, with many more to come! She lives on a small farm in upstate New York, she loves God, her family, little kids, America, dogs, coffee and chocolate. She writes in the middle of the night because that is the only quiet time in her big, busy house. A mother of six (with a borrowed seventh!) she’s got a bunch of delightful grandchildren and is living her dream! Contact Ruthy at firstname.lastname@example.org http://ruthloganherne.com or friend her on facebook where she chats and prays with folks every day!