As always, EVERY word you suggested is something a Mini-Women needs to be (or do) to be closer to God. This time THELITTLEFLOWER, HALLEBELLE, ASHER. OLIVIA, AMANDA, KAYLEE, ADIE, and ANA came up with the same one I was thinking of, and that was:
I don't know if people still say this, but there used to be an expression, "She sure is an eager beaver about that!" It kind of worked because it almost rhymed, but I think people said it because the animal the beaver really is, well, eager.
I know this because some years a pair of beavers decides to build on the bank of the lake we live on ... like, right next to our dock. When they're at work down there, they definitely show off the whole eager thing:
* up before dawn ready to go for it (and get pretty cranky if you are up early too and want to have a cup of coffee down there and watch the sunrise)
* at it ALL the time
* seem to be excited about it (judging from the slapping of those huge tails on the surface of the water ... hard enough to cause a tsunami)
* do their best work (the logs look like pencils when they're through with them)
* don't stop 'til it's done (and when it's done, it's really, really impressive --it's like a condo)
While I'm not sure we want those teeth that beavers have (braces, anyone?) we could definitely do with a big ol' dose of their EAGERNESS when it comes to God. What would that look like? If you're eager to be close to God you would:
* wake up every morning ready for what God has for you to do
* have your quiet time with God (writing in your TTGJ, for instance), pray when things are hard, pray when something is awesome, try to do what you know God wants ALL of us to do, end the day with a good night to God ...
* be excited about being God-close, rather than see it as a chore -- or as something to feel guilty about if you're not there (and nobody's "there" all the time)
* do your best
* don't stop doing your best because you're never really done -- you can always draw closer
We're not building dams. We're building a relationship with the God who made us and loves us and wants us near. The biggest difference between us and beavers?
We're not doing this alone!
What we need to do is show up with EAGERNESS. Then God guides us, leads us, fills in the gaps, and makes things happen that go WAY beyond what we can imagine.
So, seriously, why wouldn't we be eager for that? Why wouldn't we run to God with our eyes sparkling and our hands all twitchy and our tails smacking the water?
God's got great stuff for you. If you want to comment today, tell us how your tail can smack the water -- how can you show God that you're eager for whatever is next?
I'll give you an example. I have to go to San Francisco tomorrow to sign books at a librarians' convention on Sunday morning. I can look at this overnight trip in two ways:
WHINEY: My foot is still swelling from my surgery. I don't have the energy to pack, get my nails done, print my boarding passes, print up business cards to hand out. I'm going to miss a whole summer weekend here on the lake. My husband is getting home tonight and I'm leaving tomorrow. WAAAHHH!
EAGER: Hey, I get to meet, like, hundreds of librarians and tell them about the Mean Girl Makeover. I was picked for this! I'm going out to dinner with a super important library superintendent. I'm going to buy some amazing sourdough bread to bring home. I get to read on the plane both ways. I get to wear my two favorite outfits. I get to preboard the airplane because my foot's in a bandage. I get to stay in a hotel. THIS IS AWESOME! THANKS, GOD!
So, yeah, pick a situation in your life right now that you can either whine over or be eager about -- and tell us about it. Build, Mini-Women. Build.