Since being little, I have had an affinity to good quotes. They are usually a few short phrases which strike me in the gut. It’s probably because they easily explain what’s inside. …at least they are explanations which I could not conjure, myself, in the space of a sentence. That is why I find them an asset in my growth and seasons of life. They are simple.
I’ve been wanting to share this one with you. It’s by Brian Andreas.
When I first read this quote, I was standing in a store looking at a drawing with a pounding headache and a great need for progress in answers.
Here it was.
(impossible yoga position
but she likes to have goals that no
one else can imagine, so they’ll
shut up about how they understand
exactly what she’s going through)
Sometimes it’s easy to know who we are and how we operate. But often times it’s challenging to understand why we are what we are and why we do what we do. My answer is so completely wrapped up in this quote. I feel so exposed admitting that, though I began to cry, there in the store. And though I began to thank the Lord for the answer to some questions, this endearing quote quickly uncovered an area of my heart which was the basis of that dear friend vanity.
Vanity loves to make her way in my life by doing just this: making me believe I am not only alone in my trials, but also alone in my triumphs. That the everyday, common as mud experiences I have and make such a fuss over, are really just that: Common. As. Mud. So lying in bed, belly up, whining about how I don’t have many friends who call, or that I don’t understand equilibrium constants or that I’m scint [that is ‘broke’ for those of you who don’t speak British], is really just the plot for my demise by that dear, old friend Vanity. She receives life from making me to believe that no.body. understands. just exactly. what I. I. I. am. going through.
Forgive me, for it may be awhile until I sever her completely from the numerous entanglements of my heart. But, why don’t I begin, here:
- in remembering that there is nothing new under the sun…at least there hasn’t been for quite some time. Praise God. What has been is what will be,
and what has been done is what will be done,
and there is nothing new under the sun.
(Ecclesiastes 1:9 ESV)
- in meditating on the fact that, “No temptation has overtaken you…[ME!] that is not common to [wo]man. God is faithful, and he will not let you…[ME!] be tempted beyond your [my] ability, [Hoorah!!!] but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you…[ME!] may be able to endure it.” 1 Cor. 10:13
- in reveling in the abundant truth that the only thing uncommon to man [and YES, woman!] was the crucifixion of God for the sins of man …[and YES, woman]! So, I have not the need to complain or whine or mope about like a child. I can rise up, and if it gives me courage to fight-on by believing that I am in some way unusual or special or something like that, then so be it. But, by-gum, if that belief causes my little ol’ friend vanity to seize MY day, then I am better off believing that the things I do,
And the things I will do,
And the things I have done,
Common As Mud.