Monday, January 18, 2010

Be My Guest Monday! Instant Life

That's right, it's that time again... Be My Guest Monday!!! A great big huge hey-howdy to everyone out there who made their way over from Kathryn's awesome blog, Singing in the Rain. If you haven't seen her blog yet, you need to stop by just to see how beautifully violet it is. Really. I mean, look at it:

I'm positive and relaxed and happy just looking at this gorgous blog. And Kathryn has allowed me to re-post something she put up on my birthday, actually. Since great things happened on September 7th, I asked to share with you, dear readers, these wise words. When you're done, please stop by her blog and check her out. And if you're new to Out of the Extraordinary, welcome! I do hope you'll spend a few moments on the rest of my blog after you're done reading this:

Instant Life

The very first cruise (and only one so far) that I have been on was on my honeymoon. And I loved it! The ship was beautiful, the water was beautiful and we were having a lovely time! About the second or third day in I started getting sea sick. They said that the ship was experiencing 8 foot waves and that it was not normally that rough. Not knowing I would feel sick, I never brought medicine so my husband went and bought me some from the ship's store. I honestly didn't think the medicine would help any. To my way of thinking the ship was still rocking and the waves were still 8 feet high. How could the medicine stop that? But almost immediately after taking the medicine it calmed my stomach and I felt instantly better! I was amazed, I didn't think I would feel that much better that fast! The rest of the time I did not hesitate to use the medicine if I needed it, I knew that it would make me feel better fast, and help me enjoy our time.

I was thinking the other day how much we want our life to be like that medicine. All around us we see and want instant gratification. Think about it:

Instant Gravy
Instant Potatoes
Instant Oatmeal
Instant Messenger
Instant Approval
Instant Prints
Instant Loans
Instant Replay

and much much more! Just google "instant" and you will get a list of things that you can get instantly. And it doesn't just stop there. How many of you have ever wished for the time to pass to a certain date? Maybe until you get married, until your husband gets home from a deployment, until you have your baby, until you get a job... the list could go on and on.

I don't think it's a bad thing to wish for these things, but what about enjoying the time you have now? Instead of getting everything instantly why not ask God what he has for you to learn right now?

Sometimes, it is a good thing to wait. We have all heard the saying, "Good things come to those who wait." I think that is very true, especially if you are spending all your time worrying and waiting and not enjoying the time now. You can miss out on all the good things that come in between all that waiting. So instead of wishing for something to pass, may it be a deployment, a time period, or anything else, determine to be patient and enjoy the here and now, and see what you can learn! You may be surprised at what God has in store for you!

"We shall never have more time. We have, and always had, all the time there is. No object is served in waiting until next week or even until tomorrow. Keep going... Concentrate on something useful."

"The man for whom time stretches out painfully is one waiting in vain, disappointed at not finding tomorrow already continuing yesterday."

“How much of human life is lost in waiting.”

“Between the wish and the thing life lies waiting.”



  1. Great post! I've been to her blog and really love it, too. Such a GOOD lesson! We don't hear it much in an instant gratification society. But sometimes it feels so much better b/c you have had to wait!!!

  2. Very nice! It's so easy to get caught up in that "instant" mindset. I feel like I'm continually telling myself to just.slow.down!

  3. What a beautiful picture! And such wonderfully inspiring words! I was very much in need of this message. I know that I have become way to dependant on things that come instantly. And I know that I need to take the time to enjoy what's going on today, right now.
    Janet, I think this one is a definite sucess!

  4. What an amazing post! I don't want to be left waiting. Stopping by from SITS!

  5. That was an awesome post to share. I will definitely check out her blog. :) The picture is beautiful, and I agree that so many amazing moments can be passed in vain waiting for something to happen when so much is happening all around us all the time! I'm bad about this sometimes, and it's nice to have a reminder now and then. Thanks for sharing!

  6. I definitely needed to hear this. My husband and I talk about this all the time, but even still, I always feel like I'm rushing one thing to get to another to get to another. And then another. Or always passing by "normal" days like they're nothing and waiting for those extraordinary days, like Christmas, or a vacation.

    How great life would be if everyday could be lived to the fullest!

    Thanks you for sharing this!

  7. You're so right!! That's why part of my goal here at Out of the Extraordinary is to show that the ordinary really is Extraordinary. :)


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