Thursday, April 8, 2010

Can you ever just be "whelmed"?

That line is in one of my favorite sarcastic movies, "Ten Things I Hate About You". It is a "modern day version of Taming of the Shrew by William Shakespeare". Often I am OVER-whelmed. So much to do, so little time, and depending on the day, so little energy!
However, OVER implies too much and yet according to the Bible, as a Christ Follower, I am MORE than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). What is MORE than a conqueror? That sure sounds like a lot!

So, since I am already MORE than a conqueror, then I must be able to handle being OVER-whelmed. Maybe that is the weapon the enemy of my soul (satan)uses the most in my life. It only takes 5 minutes to unload the dishwasher. How in the world could that be OVER whelming?

UNDER-whelmed only happens occasionally - when I stay up late to watch a favorite show and it ends dumb or I try a new hairstyle that looks ridiculous, or when I don't do what I love by cooking ahead for my family and have to cook out of a box, now THAT is UNDER-whelming!

So maybe, like with the task of unloading the dishwasher, if I just DID what I need to do instead of contemplating for an hour how OVER-whelmed I am, maybe, just maybe I might find out what it is like to just be "whelmed"! :)

2 comments:

Rebecca said...

That was GOOD! I love reading your writing and fresh new perspectives. I got a SERIOUS KICK out of your 'under-whelmed- category-lol! I'm glad I'm not the only one ;)

Laura said...

Why do I always do the thing I don't want to do and not the thing I want to do? For me, I think the answer is discipline. Sometimes it's just too easy to give in to that flesh.

One thing I know for sure...I will never be "under-whelmed" by Jesus!

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