Yesterday my family traveled north to Seattle to root on the Mariners.
They went without me, which is rare.
I have been dealing with a post-bike ride ailment for a couple of weeks.
10 hours of combined sitting was not a remedy for my pain in the rear.
A few days before their trek, I realized that my soul was craving a personal
day so the timing was perfect.
I love and adore my family!
Yet I don’t think I have spent one moment since the middle of May with the
house to myself.
If you are an introvert, know an introvert, live with an introvert
or love an introvert. ( I hope you love the introvert you live with.) 🙂
Most of these quotes speak my language.
Scroll down far enough to read Jarod’s for a chuckle.
“Don’t think of introversion as something that needs to be cured…
Spend your free time the way you like, not the way you think you’re supposed to.”
Sometimes it takes every bit of bravery you can muster to say
“no” and stay behind.
I spent my personal day, reading, watching a movie and
a Hallmark series, going to Starbucks twice (gotta love that
treat receipt), browsing Powell’s and Home Goods and savoring
Thai food and simply inhaling and exhaling.
By the time my family returned, I was ready for conversation
and a game or ten of Connect Four with Caleb.
Sunday was a gift.
I went to see 20 Feet From Stardom.
In a summer filled with superheroes and horror films and supposed comedies,
this documentary was a welcomed change of pace.
I sat down at The Living Room Theater across from Powell’s armed with my big
mug of Darjeeling and Red Vines.
I slid into my comfy chair (my tush was thankful) and was so glued to the screen,
that I drank my tea but completely forgot about my licorice. (Never happens.)
Perhaps it was because I was too busy tapping my foot or my hand to my leg or
trying to sing oh so quietly.
The film is about the unheralded background singers who help create
the signature sound of countless superstars.
It was a fascinating look into this world.
There were stories of regret and attempts to make it “big” that never materialized.
There were stories of being content to remain in the background over taking the lead.
There were life lessons scattered all over the screen.
So my question to you today is this:
Are you living in the background?
Are you taking the lead?
I am not sure one is better than the other.
But I do know that if God calls us to the lead,
we must move.
If we are asked to be a supportive background player,
we must do it with grace and humility.
One portrayal in the film was a singer whose voice,
made me weep.
I don’t think I was alone with that emotion in the dark auditorium.
By talent alone, she should be a household name, yet she is not.
You can’t fake contentment.
You can’t hide bitterness and resentment.
Her face filled the screen and embodied such profound joy.
Sting and Chris Botti label her a star.
Yet in the world’s eyes, she is not.
She remains in the background.
Her joy comes from being a part of creating music
with and for others.
Again it reminds me of Jesus’
words to Peter,
Ultimately only One leads,
it is our work to follow and
find joy and contentment on the
road paved completely and intentionally for us.
Have you taken a personal day lately?
It just might refuel your soul beyond expectation.
Check here to see if 20 Feet From Stardom* is playing
in your area.
View the trailer here.
* two naughty words in the film…fyi.