Living Truth, Loving Truth – Katrina Mason, LMHC

As I drink my morning coffee and pull out my… if I am completely honest, on my better days the rest of that sentence reads “my Bible,” on not so good days it’s “my phone.” I confess, this morning it was my phone.

But a dear sweet friend of mine had my back this morning. She sent a group of us some quotes
from Everybody, Always by Bob Goff.

“You’ve got this, just keep moving toward me.”

Okay, good reminder, Move toward God.

“The power of being close to God.”

True, when I take time to be in the presence of God I do feel stronger, more balanced, more clarity of mind throughout the day. I can work into the rhythms of my day a little time for silence and solitude. I can do a breath prayer, inhale, say, “Jesus,” exhale, say “I release my burdens to you.” I can use meditation on the scripture “Be anxious for nothing”…(Phillippians 4:6).

“Live a big faith.”

Yes, I want to do that, But how? What is God stirring in my heart to be about that is bigger than myself? Perhaps helping people in need. Volunteering somewhere that aligns with my passions.

“Love God and the people around us.”

Sounds so simple, yet not.

It is easy to love God and people when life is easy. But what about when life gets hard? What about when the stuff happens? Am I loving God and people well in the heartaches, the conflicts, and the losses?

I just received word that a dear person I knew passed away from cancer. Did I love her well by going and visiting her? I confess that I didn’t. I was busy with my own life and kept putting it off, telling myself “she has more time, I can do something next week,” and the weeks turned into months, and her life slipped away…I am sorry, I could have been better.

I could have taken her some flowers and given her a hug.

“Live into the most authentic version of ourselves.”

Well, what does that mean? Does it mean peeling off some of my unhealthy ways of coping like my recent over-obsession with the news? Probably. Choosing some healthy coping strategies instead, like taking a walk, yoga, painting, writing in my journal, writing a gratitude letter to someone and reading it to them, baking something, doing something that I love.

Perhaps, I can get beyond my own selfishness and become a little more kind and considerate of others. I can take a meal to a friend who has somebody in the family who is in the hospital. Perhaps it means confession, to become a little more vulnerable with my people. Calling up a
friend, letting them know I am feeling a little lonely, asking for a hug. Maybe it involves swallowing my pride sometimes and apologizing. Perhaps it includes releasing that grudge I feel like holding on to and forgiving instead.

As Lya Turkest said in a recent interview during the IfEquip 2021 conference

“Ask yourself: Is it time for me to stop suffering because of what someone else did? Put a stake in the ground: It is time for me to stop suffering. I do not need to attach my ability to heal to another person.”

“Go be you.” Be me. Be the me I want to be. Oh, now I am sounding a little Dr. Suess-y…