Sometimes I Get Really Weary of Being an Amateur Human Being

Some days I feel like I haven’t got a clue as to what actually matters in the BIG scheme of things. I know that my motives are suspect, mixed at best.
Is seeking to experience the presence of God simply spiritual hedonism, for pleasure or escape from pain?
The scripture from Ecclesiastes, “All is vanity,” really does seem to sum life up lately.
Marquand’s point of no return haunts me. At seventy-five I fear there’s not enough time left to become the person God created me to be, the person able to give what those God put in their care need.
The scriptures about loving other believers are another scary challenge. The truth is I don’t like very many people, but I tell myself that being committed to their well being is love.
I have some serious up close and personal unresolved conflicts with a few of them. I’m trying to work on seeing through their eyes, so I can forgive, and I have made some progress. But true reconciliation takes both sides seeing through the other’s eyes. I still feel too vulnerable to work with them on that.
Does self knowledge only free us to not judge others, if we can first forgive and not judge ourselves?
Can we grow and get free only after learning to live with the humbling knowledge of who we aren’t? Sometimes I get really weary of being an amateur human being.
I truly know that God loves me unconditionally. But, something in me just won’t give up wanting to be a person God can love for whom they became with His grace. Then, I remind myself that we are only called to play the hand we were dealt and I cling to the hope that I have played my pair of deuces as well as I could with the grace of God.
And then I come full circle to “All is vanity.”
Maybe that’s where we need to be, so we can let go of ego and let God do His thing.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on February 15, 2013, in Gifts of Age, Love, Parenting, relationships, Spiritual and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Quoting Luke, “Sometimes nothing is a pretty good hand”–Cool Hand Luke that is. 🙂
    It seems to me that God spoke through/to you in your last line: “Maybe that’s where we need to be, so we can let go of ego and let God do His thing.”
    Thank you for this honest and insightful post. {{{Hugs}}} Kozo


    • Thanks for your comment. Yes, I agree, the last sentence was the whole point. Needed to vent, but once I get that off my chest, I usually get with God’s program. (Not 100%, but usually.)Hugs back.


  2. Hi Eileen, I like that you are honest about addressing the existential issues – sometimes I notice the older I get the more I recognize I know nothing – and that has to be okay. 🙂 Best, Kartika


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