Tuesday, March 22, 2011

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!! - One Word Blog Carnival

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It's time for the one word blog carnival again, and this week the one word is goals.

(I'm not entirely sure, but I think that the guy in the video scored a goal.....)

I can't say I remember the last time I scored a significant goal.   Was it as a child, playing kickball?   Was it graduating from college?  Perhaps it was when I began my teaching career.  Wait!  I have it!   I organized my kitchen in February!  Yay for me!   Too bad I didn't think of asking a friend to scream "GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" when I was done.  (Though I do have an aunt who informed me she was very proud of me for getting started on organizing my home...)

I wonder what that would be like to have that commentator narrating my day.

I finished a load of dishes.

I completed the lettering for the boys' projects for the retreat.

I called the Parish Office to find out if D. J. is a boy or a girl.

I finished reading the Introduction of Mere Christianity.  

I started dinner for the evening.

My husband and I arrived at the Evangelization Committee Meeting at Church.

At, first it sounds like it would be great, but to have an unbiased commentary, it would have to include when I was being distracted by twitter before loading the dishwasher,  grumbling at the letters that were sticking together, procrastinating calling the Parish Office because I'm afraid that the secretary doesn't like me, reading the comics before C. S. Lewis, taking the frozen chicken patties out of the freezer instead of making a homemade meal today, and talking about mundane things at the meeting before getting down to work.

When push comes to shove, it's all pretty meaningless in and of itself.  Dishes will need to be done once again, as well as dinner be made.   The retreat will be over  on Saturday.   The meeting may or may not accomplish anything.   If I fully comprehend every word Lewis wrote, will it affect even one person's life?

There is only one way any of my day to day goals have any meaning.

2 Corinthians 5:9 (New International Version, ©2011)

9 So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.

(or in fuller context)

2 Corinthians 5:8-10 (New International Version, ©2011)

8 We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. 10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

If God is pleased in some small way that my husband and I have dinner (and on clean plates, too!), or that little children will have a project organized for them, or that my mind is filled with Lewis's thoughts rather than those of the writers' of  CSI, or that we meet and discuss how to bring people's hearts closer to him rather than we stay home and watch NCIS, well then, I guess there is dignity in the accomplishment of even the smallest goal.

I think this post is done.....



Peter P said...

Those commentators do make it tricky to work out whether or not a goal has been scored! :-)

Great post.

If I ever get the chance, I'll get one of those commentators to narrate your day for you so you can see if your conclusions are correct :-)

Duane Scott said...

I love the way you bring so much energy to a blog page. :)

I worry sometimes I come across as lifeless.

Anyhoo, I also read the first chapter of Mere Christianity.


Can't wait to read your thoughts. :)

Katdish said...

Snort! Yes. Mother Teresa said "I cannot do great things, I can only do small things with great love." (I hope I'm getting that right)

Anonymous said...

Wonderful perspective. Thanks for bringing us back to His enduring Word. Way to go, Helen! GOOOOOOOOOAAAALLL! :)

Alise said...

Oh, I love this! Some days it would be absolutely delightful to have someone there shouting for me when I finish stuff that needs to be done. And I love the verse you used to tie it all together. Just beautiful!

Also, that pic of the dog in the dishwasher is going to have me smiling for the rest of the day. Bwahahaha!

Glynn said...

Great post, Helen. there IS only one thing that gives our lives purpose and meaning. And it's not the dishes.

Kevin said...

You gotta love their enthusiasm! :)

Kevin said...

Their enthusiasm is definitely contagious. :)

Anne Lang Bundy said...

Helen, you scored one big goal with that photo. ROTFL! (X2, because my daughter likes it too!)

Ditto on Duane's remark. Plenty of energy here today. :D

A Joyful Noise said...

I laughed at your confession of what happened between completing each of your daily goals. I know God smiles at me a LOT and probably He smiles at you also. I liked your loud GooooooL shout at the end of each goal.