Nothing Good Gets Away

My mother once remarked on the differences between two of her children. While one said, “I’ll do it tomorrow,” the other said, “There is no tomorrow.”

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Guess which one you’re reading.

Brace yourself. This may come as a surprise.

I’m a little high-strung.

The only gray in my life is on my head when I miss my salon appointment. I’m black and white—and read all over. Considered by some to be entertaining as well.

Although I may look super cool, my nature is type A. Prone to burnout, breakdowns and digestive issues.

Last post you read about how I drive with intention. You may have detected an urgency in other posts too, and you probably will again.

Live now. We’re not getting any younger. Get those ducks in a row. Just do it. Today, please.

When taken to extremes, our strengths look a lot like weaknesses. So I’m learning with age, motherhood, circumstances, my husband’s encouragement, and God’s gentle prodding to cool it. Take my foot off the gas pedal once in a while. Give myself and the rest of the world a break.

As much as I hate it, things spin out of my control.

Okay. Things were never in my control in the first place.

Pacing doesn’t come easy. But with practice and God’s grace, it’s possible to slow down. To actively wait and rest. As I heard the pastor say in yesterday’s sermon, “The invitation is to trust.”

One of my favorite quotes is from writer John Steinbeck. “Don’t worry about losing,” he said. “If it is right, it happens. The main thing is not to hurry. Nothing good gets away.”

God has a good plan for you and me. He’s the driver. Nothing we do or don’t do stands in His way. God’s plan will be accomplished in spite of us.

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Time to rest on that.

And I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 NLT

Taking My Time, Ashton, Becker & Dente.

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12 Responses to Nothing Good Gets Away

  1. Love that. “God’s plan will be accomplished in spite of us.”

  2. Patsy Wood

    Wow….you are hitting the nail on the head with me this morning!!!! Thank you for your wonderful post and yes, God is the driver and those of us with the Type A personalities have the most difficult time dealing with slowing down, so God has his hands full with us…So very thankful He loves us enough to be patient with us and gives us opportunities to learn to wait and to rest….

  3. Girl, we definitely drank from the same well at Allen Jay and Southern Guilford because that is me all day long. Excellent post!!! Oh yeah, before I forget…..sllllooooowwwww doooowwwwwnnnnn!!

  4. :D Fun read Aimee! A great reminder for the busy bees

  5. “Procrastinators of the world, unite tomorrow.” My problem has always been that I pace myself too much.

    You’re trying to slow yourself down and I’ve been trying for years to speed myself up. I have always been a last-minute rusher who flies by the seat of his pants kind of person. Only rarely has this attitude and behavior got me into trouble, but it leads to just as much annoyance for myself and others on my end as it no doubt does for some on your polar end.

    If you’re like me however, you’ve got someone to balance you out and it sounds like you do.

  6. Elizabeth Whelan

    Love this post!! I just got a “talking to” yesterday from Don telling me that the world is not black and white. I need taming for sure!! We need a new roof and Don is handling it…I think. After asking some basic questions myself and not liking the answer I quickly whipped up a spread sheet so he could follow the dots. I was so porud of myself but I can see some therapy may be in order. Maybe we could do a group session.

    • Oh, E… My poor husband hung artwork this weekend, though “not exactly how I’d pictured it.” He smiled and said I could ask the handyman to move them if it still bothered me after a few days. lol.
      When’s our first support meeting?