From “OMG” to “Amen”

Dear Paige,

Remember that morning when you forgot you scheduled a meeting with two parents and turned into Jeff Gordon on the highway? You yelled, you sped, you cut people off. Actually, Jeff Gordon is probably much less aggressive than you were that morning.

Remember that day you locked your husband’s keys in his truck in the middle of his grandmother’s funeral? And it was running? And it was 98 degrees outside?

Remember that time you were checking your phone at a stop sign and almost hit that cyclist? You exchanged some not nice words to each other? Oh and your kids were in the car too? That was a delightful Mom of the Year moment.

We all have these times, sometimes several in a day, shoot sometimes several times an hour. Or we can go through a week of pleasant and then get bombarded with a serious of little land mine explosions that shake up your relatively peaceful existence. When “stuff” happens, I struggle with remembering the bigger picture and at that moment my “Oh My Gosh” moment becomes an “Oh It’s All About Me” moment.

Dear Paige- Guess what? It’s not all about you. Ever. Really. In the moment, when your heart is beating fast and people are looking at you or judging you and you feel completely inadequate as an employee, as a mother, as a wife, as a Christian, it can be hard to remember that. But it’s true.

It’s about Him. Always.

MY “OMG/Oh It’s All About Me Moments” need to become my “Amen” moments.

Amen translated from Greek means “Truth.” When you say “amen” after someone else has spoken, you are confirming that what they just said is absolutely true or you are in agreement with what has just been spoken.

When you say “amen” at the end of a prayer, you are, in a sense, reaffirming your commitment to Jesus Christ every time you say it.

So when life is going a hundred miles an hour. When you feel like you are drowning in a sea of stress and anxiety, turn your OMG/OIAAM moments into “Amen Moments.” Use these experiences to acknowledge your dedication to Him. Thank him for the ups and downs of life. The road is bumpy and full of twists and turns. We need to remember in every moment that it’s all for His greater purpose.

1. Slow down on the highway Paige. Your conference will have to wait. The parents might think you are a little scatterbrained but I think they would rather you drive the speed limit than 20 miles over it. Thank you Lord for having a job to go to every morning. Oh and thank you for making those parents late to the conference so that when you pull into the parking lot, they are just pulling in as well. Your hair looks like a bird’s nest but you made it. Amen.

2. Thank you Jesus for providing the fireman who happened to be stationed next door to the funeral home. They opened my husband’s truck for free and in two minutes. Amen.

3. I didn’t hit the cyclist. A million Thank you’s for that one Lord. Super Big Amen.

The promises of God are Amen; i.e., they are all true and sure ( 2 Corinthians 1:20 ).


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