Embrace Reality

I had a concept pop into my head a couple of weeks ago, that being “embrace reality”. A few days after that I attended a speaking event and the speaker said roughly the same thing using the words “loving what is”. The speaker went on to present the familiar formula “A + B = C” in a different context. He defined “A” as an action, “B” as behavior, and “C” as the consequence that results from the behavior that is chosen given a particular action or event.

I had the opportunity to practice this as my clothes dryer broke over the weekend. Not on the last load of clothes, but the first. My initial reaction was irritation and then I remembered “embrace reality” and “love what is”. This concept goes one step farther than just accepting what is, but to actually find something to love or embrace in a given situation. That was a bit harder. What could I possibly love, embrace or be grateful for in this situation?

In line with the “A + B = C” theory, I was faced with an “A”, the broken dryer, and now I get to choose my “B”. I tried out aggravation and my C resulted in irritation and a restless feeling. Next, I considered what there was to love about “A”. After much thought, I realized that I love that I get to use the protection plan I paid for, I love that I have a neighbor who was kind enough to let me use his dryer and I love that I did very little laundry. This resulted in far different “C”—a joyful, peaceful feeling rather than an icky, restless feeling.

As I opened The Message for my morning devotion, I randomly turned to a passage that was titled “Steep Yourself in God Reality”. Wow, I was just writing about this! The passage read:

“He continued this subject with his disciples. ‘Don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or if the clothes in your closet are fashion. There is far more to your inner life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the ravens, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, carefree in the care of God. And you count far more…What’ I’m trying to do here is get you to relax, not be so preoccupied with getting so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works. Steep yourself in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.’” Luke 12: 22-24; 28-31.

Finally, I love that this situation is the smallest of inconveniences, and definitely not worth fussing over. And, in fact, can instead be an opportunity to practice embracing, loving and gratitude. I am hopeful that by practicing “loving what is” on the little things, I will be far more prepared in wake of the big things. As in the passage above, God is in all things and in all things trusting in God and having faith in the way God works will always result in the best “C”.

Kelley Evans

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