I am of “generation X”. Whoopty-doo. I actually like that title because in math “x” can be anything and I like to think any person can be anything they really, passionately want to be and are gifted for. But we were thought at one time to be independent thinkers (I believe they meant rebellious by that but never cared for that), computer savvy, television-dependent, attend church but are sometimes loose with the rules and so on. All these things are true of many born of my particular time and not true at all for others.
Milennials are those born in the decade or so after me, those who are in college now or just out. They are said to be dreamers wanting to make a significant difference, spoiled, living in a dream world with relative rules and moral lackness (and rarely attend church) with no work ethic and addicted to their tech. This is true of some and very false of many others.
The baby boomers are hitting retirement now, thought to be hard workers and morally correct for the most part, church still being a part of their lives, caring for family, the backbone of society and wise, people who steer clear of computers for the most part but still read actual books. This is true of some and not true of others.
Labels should most often by defied. Why? Because they put you in a box that has nothing to do with how God created you to be and how you should be if you are obeying Him. Age Labels (and most other labels) are only true and validated if people choose to never rise above them. For instance, anyone on earth with God’s help and living up to their original design, can read and study their Bibles and do what God says, becoming great men and women for the kingdom of Jesus. Every single person can do this at any age. And we absolutely should. This is not lazily falling into a role dictated by people but rising to a noble, heroic role dictated by design by an all-powerful God.❤
Ya know, in life we have ups and downs. And generally we don’t appreciate the ups fully until we hit those downs. And of course when we are in the downs, we desperately long for the ups that we will again not fully appreciate and so on. That is the way of it. Most t hj ings n in nature God created to want to be neutral. All things were designed to be in balance with each other. It is true in chemistry, which I love, and biology and virology (for the most part) and microbiology (all of these of which I have studied in great depth in earning my science based doctorate).
Enter plateaus. These are the flatlands, thr neutral spaces, the balanced places, the waiting games places where nature is most content and we are not. These places I have come to accept and truly appreciate, for the ups and downs are not present here. Something has to happen to change the plateau. For weight loss, it is to try to change the proportions or mix up the menu or change the exercise. In life, a change event has to happen to go up or down, like a loss or gain or accident or surprise. In nature, an imbalance has to happen for things to scurry to get balanced again. God designed this. These plateaus should be celebrated for they increase stability and balance and allow for some rest before the change comes. They are indeed created by God (like we are) to be a blessing. We still work in the plateau, we all still do our job, nature does its job, mitochondria and enzymes do their job, everything is working but not in a stressed out way. This is an absolutely beautiful place to be, friends. See it as a blessing as it was designed to be for you. ❤
Every single person is unique. Every person was made uniquely by God out of love and careful thought. There is no love in judging people as being the same as everyone who is female or male or brown or peachish-tan or young or old or anything. For every woman who likes to shop and buys shoes like they breathe, I can show you a woman who works hard for her family and has three pairs of shoes (I am one of those). For every brown person who loves vulgar lyric rap songs, I can show you one who appreciates the sophistication of classical and jazz. For every man who thinks women were made to be their worshipping slaves, I can show you one who respects and teams with his wife. For every half-dead somber church member, I can show you a flaming charasmatic one. What I am saying is that the only true stereotypes or categorizations or cliches concerning people groups is that they are all ignorant constructs based on faulty or inadequate evidence to back them up. They are basically lies that foster division. And we must educate ourselves and work as a team as we were designed to do. Get over the propoganda and discover for yourself. I will be happy to introduce you to some people who would blow your mind, they are so very different than what people think by looking at them. All my patients are so stinking unique and amazing! I am too. So are you. So is evrrybody, that is the point. We were all designed by a loving God uniquely and on purpose and no person should ever be put into a stereotyping, cliche- driven category. It is demeaning and demoralizing and shows great disrespect for our Creator. Thank God we andre all unique and praise God He is so clever to give us all a mind to think for ourselves. Be you! ❤
Motion is what we were built for. God made us to move. When we work in any way, we are validating our makeup and propogating health and balance. God even built within us the motivation to work and move, called endorphins that produce a natural high as a reward. We feel good doing what keeps us healthy. ❤
I recently saw the “love of my life” (at the time I thought so) in a recent picture someone had. He looked super skinny and old and I learned he had married a really controlling and harshly domineering woman. And at first I thought he got what he deserved for throwing me out for that thing. Then I thought better of that little dig. You see, what I did not realize at that time through my heavy tears was that God had bigger plans for me than to be a wife to a philandering man (found that out too).
Yes, at times my marriage is rough but I know I am with the man God wants me with until death separates us. And here, I can focus on my kids and my home and serve in church and help a lot of people and play great music in a band and working as a consulting doctor. And as such, I am using my talents. In addition, I have a great future vision of housing teenagers who are pregnant so they will keep their babies and not abort them. It is on my heart. And I have to wait for a while but I will work on that goal.
All this detail to say that God knows what He is doing when He puts people together and when He separates them. Do not regret anyone. Learn what you can and accept God’s plan for you. He truly knows best as certain as you breathe. So the one who rejected me was not meant for me. Just learn and don’t get too close too soon next time. Wait for God’s timing and confirmation.
Family is strongest when God is the main focus of it. God designed family to be together and puts together family on purpose. It is the beautiful design for empowering His work and kingdom of love on this planet and giving us strength for eternity with Him. This is why evil attacks family. Evil wants to destroy everything God made and weaken and destroy everyone and everything. And evil gives nothing back. God, however, never stops giving. He is good and generous and rewards with blessings all family that focuses on Him and supports His design and each other as an extension of that. Family Strength is God’s design and help for us on this planet. And when we support our family and pray together and put God first, He gives us every tool we ever need. It is beautiful. Let nothing divide you from family and God will provide. Family Strength is our strength from God.
I looked objectively at my 40+ year old face. I see every hard time, every good time, every pain, every happiness. I see all that. I look a bit angry, a bit older, and that is my face now. It is not pretty, as the world sees pretty. It is not radiant or stunning. But it is mine, a reflection of me in this life. And there is only one of me. A face can change as skin loosens over time and fat comes and goes from beneath the surface layer, but who I truly am has absolutely nothing to do with that reflection. I am soul and spirit, the physical form changes. But who I am and who God sees me as being is the same beautiful little girl He created. And every person has their own unique beauty He designed. And every person’s beauty has nothing to do with their face or body shape or skin condition or color or hairstyle or whatever else we are programmed to believe. I am me because of who God designed me to be. Who you are is who God designed you to be. And He must really love us because we have such beauty inside and such amazing talents and gifts.❤