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The point

If you lose your cool because traffic made you late for yoga, you’ve missed the point, don’t you think?

If you stand on the sidelines hurling obscenities at a coach’s conduct, you’ve missed the point, don’t you think?

If you swear and sulk because family commitments made you tardy to prayer group, you’ve missed the point, don’t you think?

“A good example is far better than a good precept.” –  Dwight L. Moody

 

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  1. Crap. Makes so much damn sense. Oops! Okay. Back to making the prayer CD for my friends! ; ) I like the photo and yoga thing…for real, I’ve been sulking myself into a knot for an hour or two that I need to stay home with the youngest rather than go to my yoga class! Guess it makes me human! Have a great weekend!

    • .. I’ve been there, too. And have learned that the best laid plans often can be adjusted — can you and the youngest do something fun/exercise-y together? Take a walk? Explore your neighborhood? Pop in a yoga tape and do it together? If he/she is too young, can you wait till nap time and do 30 min of yoga moves by yourself? 🙂 MJ

      • Yup…we’re going to the dog park in a bit. My schedule has turned upside down out of the blue of late and I’m not getting the time to write that I’d had…good to know that it is/was such a great way to spend much of my week days. Blogged it out a bit ago…

  2. I’ll take Zen any day of the week 🙂

  3. *sigh* I’m guilty of missing the point on occassion. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂

    • It’s easy to do with little ones; I remember getting overwhelmed … and then my mother’s voice kicking in .. the next thing I knew, we were all playing together and I forgot about whatever “thing” I thought I Had to do at that moment .. Cheers! MJ

  4. I’m always less likely to miss the point when going the way Spirit directs….but even then I sometimes do, an ‘occupational hazard’ of incarnation I ‘spect.
    *anna

  5. Gosh, these are all important thoughts it’s easy to lose sight of. I LOVE the Moody quote! Hope you are having a peaceful weekend, my friend.
    Hugs,
    Kathy

    • It has been a productive weekend — got some spring cleaning done and gave myself a pass on the workout – I figured that if getting down on my knees to clean under the bed & dressers, moving furniture, and schlepping bags of garbage from the upper floor to the garage was making me sweaty then it counts as a workout. And today I am sore b/c of it 🙂 (with a clean home to boot!) Whee. Cheers for your Sunday, Kathy. MJ

  6. You are so right on this, MJ. How often we forget the big picture.

  7. I agree with all the previous comments: it’s easy to lose focus. I need to concentrate more on the big picture.

    • This post was inspired by an acquaintance I know who claims to live one way but whose actions speak differently — it made me step back and say, “whoa” and also, it made me take another look at my own.

      Happy Sunday, Dianna.
      MJ

  8. Ah, perfect! ~ Sheila

  9. here’s a trick that works for me. when i’m in the car and that urge to rush or curse the other drivers comes about for whatever reason, i simply think, God will get me there when I need to be. That calms me down….and also happens to be true…

  10. Wise and wonderful, thanks!

  11. Right on! I know who surveys the church attendees and those who are absent will be the subject of his ire for the entire next week. I always think he would be better off to just stay home and show love to his family and neighbors.

  12. So true. I often miss the point. Must work on that!

  13. It always cracks me up when we leave the church parking lot and someone gets worked up because they have to wait in line to get out onto the street. You can see them reaching back into the backseat to swat their kids and they are yelling at their spouse…but were on their knees up at the altar…

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