Life Doesn’t Work in Silos

This past weekend I traveled for my sisters wedding. It entails a long drive, through mountains, and past lots…. I mean lots of farms. As we rode, the silos kept grabbing my attention…. and it got me thinking…

I don’t know how you live life- but I am a complete Type A. Details matter, over analyzer, efficiency is the name of the game, teeth grinder, stressed-slightly anxious, can’t sleep over thinker, to-do list maker, with a sense of urgency person. For a long time people (even those closest to me) thought it was because  because I truly care… about E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G. As I pondered, I realized, this is not technically an underestimation. I ABSOLUTELY care about the big picture… but the details why?

Let’s look at what a real silo’s purpose is. It is to protect the grain from the elements and increase the storage life of the grain. So why do some of us live life in silos. For me, I often default to this way of living when I am overwhelmed. The structural comfort of living in my silo is comforting. But doing this day in and day out can also be lonely. Silos can easily cause us to mis align priorities. When I had a very demanding job- I completely lived life in silos. I thought my priorities were aligned with scripture. But it limited my collaboration with others and while my to do list would shorten, I lacked the socialization needed to keep my soul happy, to stay creative, and to stay inspired.

God didn’t create us to live this way. He himself is a community – the father, the son, the Holy Spirit. God didn’t leave Adam alone – he created Eve. The scripture continuously interweaves the thought of community. Galatians talks about how we are to carry each others burdens. Proverbs talks about how we are help better each other.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

While pondering and passing all these silos, I realized, at fast glance they appear to stand alone but with another look they are connected.

Really living life as a community takes time, takes maturity on all different kinds of levels. It is a process. To truly trust each other, trust God and the people he put in our path, to love each other, to forgive each other, to regard each other more than ourselves.

I struggle with that last one, how about you?

Leaping into 2020

So my word of the year usually comes after lots of praying, pondering. This year my word of the year just hit me, bugged me (honestly) and stuck… months ago.

LEAP · verb ·  jump or spring a long way, to a great height, or with great force

My image (at the top of the post) I created with my top four reasons why this is my year to leap. I get in my own way allot … what will people think… that it is scary… I am not capable. In 2020, I am going to conscienceless and deliberately work on trusting the Lord. Trust his urgings. Trust his path. Trust when I leap, no matter how far I actually go, his loving hand is there to bridge the gap.

I find is interesting, but not ironic, 2020 is a leap year…. a year with an extra day to help us “catch up” in the astrological and season cycle. I have been in season of spiritual, personal discovery and growth these last few years. Ironically, really starting in mid 2016, the last leap year. I sense a new “era” on the horizon… a new push to leap into the unknown and the uncomfortable… leap into a new season…

Leap 2020 Goals OFM

What is your word for 2020 going to be?