The Art of Living

It was my weekend Facebook status “Nerissa is getting the hang of living”, then my sister asked me to share the secret. Didn’t really know if the secret could be put into words but this was my response: “Don’t take yourself too seriously. Dust yourself off and move on when you mess up. Try, try, again. Never forget that is what Grace aka Jesus Christ is for.”

“Don’t take yourself too seriously” was the suggestion of one of the senior executives in the Government of Montserrat to me soon after taking up the job of Director of Information & Communications. I was finding it hard to adjust to government protocol, having so many people to answer to and be responsible for and the red tape to acquire even the simplest thing to do my job well. Most people don’t sit well with change and my job requires that I make some changes and not easy ones either. But I have to tell you after simmering on his suggestion for about a week or so, I have begun to cultivate the habit of lightning up on myself. In the process of this, I am remembering how much I love a good laugh, taking chances, and enjoying every day I live.

“Dust yourself off and move on when you mess up.” The first thing we do when our baby is learning to walk is encourage them to get up and move on. As a parent you want to protect them from the bumps and bruises that can come from learning to walk but you know they must learn or they will be forever dependent on you.

“Try, try, again.” Growing up I was always tenacious. It didn’t matter how long it took to accomplish a task, I would go for it. Somewhere along the way, one too many failures or listening to hearsay and I stopped trying to accomplish my dreams. Instead I put my efforts into trying to please everyone else and pushing their agenda instead of mine and God’s. That is an exhausting way to live. Now, I choose to try and try some more to accomplish the dreams that God has placed in my heart. No matter how long they take to reach the light of day. Just know that if He promised you, He will do it. All you need to do is believe.

“Never forget that is what Grace aka Jesus Christ is for.” You are gonna make mistakes. Sometimes you will take yourself and your life too seriously that you miss the sunrise and the rainbows, the kittens scampering in the garden and the flowers blooming. You will fall down and feel like staying down but don’t. You will watch your dreams blow away with a hurricane and want to up but don’t. Grace exists for moments like these. Grace is alive and available for us in the person of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is not simply a word, or by definition “the unmerited favor of God.” It came alive and into full effect when Jesus sacrificed His life for us. So when you want to look at your mess and your challenges and give up. Have a good laugh and remember Grace exists to handle all of life’s ups and downs.

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