Lent 21: are you getting the support you need?

I’m learning a lot about social support right now and how much it impacts your life.  (Warning: as I prep for finals, I’m guessing a lot of these lent blogs are going to be related to what I’m learning).

It’s made me think a lot about the various support I receive/perceive from friends, church and God, so I thought I’d share.

Psychologists tend to think of social support as offering four different things:

  1. Instrumental support (providing the necessities of life): these are the people who organize the meal train and offer to babysit.

Lent 16-20: discipline win

Well, if you’re paying attention you noticed that I certainly have NOT been posting daily.  In fact, it took me an embarrassing amount of time to figure out which day of Lent this is supposed to be.

There was a time when I would have called this (sort-of-jokingly and sort-of-not) a failure.

But those days are happily a thing of the past.

The goal of writing every day was two fold: (1) doing something me and Jesus both value – and doing it together.  (2) prioritizing something that is important to me (writing).  Prioritizing it today, instead of thinking that a magical time is around the corner when writing will just happen into my schedule.

Lent 13-15: back off (please)

Killing lots of birds with one post here.

I woke up this morning feeling pretty much the same way I went to bed feeling last night: anxious and stressed and a little panicky and a little angry.  Why you may ask?  No real idea, except that I have that feeling I hate: when all the parts and people of life are tugging on your sleeve and asking you to pay attention to them and you just want everyone and everything to take a few giant steps back and give you room to breathe.

Lent 12: prove it

This was a theme that came up on a panel I watched today: prove it.

There’s a temptation we each experience: to talk about doing some amazing project or some great idea we have or the book we want to write or the job we want to have or the trip we want to take.  And the challenge from the panel was – don’t talk about it, just do it.

There are no shortage of people in the world talking about the things they want to do, and some of us – as was pointed out on the panel – even confuse the talking with the doing.   Once we’re through unpacking an idea we sort of feel like we’ve accomplished it.