Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Good Company

I am on Spring Break this week. Thank goodness! My last work week nearly put me under. My body was screaming and crying for some extended rest. I have been counting down the days until the break. And, it just so happens that once the break begins, the days start rapidly flying by. Why is that?

Well, today, on day 2 of Spring Break, I spent the morning with my mom and niece. We drove a few miles away to some cute little shops. We love doing this. Those kind of places never have anything we need and rarely have anything that we want, but nonetheless, it's a great way to spend a beautiful day. It's the warmest day of the year today. It is always a momentous occasion when I can first wear short sleeves, and today was that day. Yippee! That means spring has sprung and we are on to brighter and hotter months!

One of our stops this morning was the most quaint little nursery. Actually, the nursery was rather large and it had far more than just plants. Hensley had the best time strutting her stuff through rows and rows of beautiful foliage.

Isn't she the cutest thing you've ever seen? I had the best time with them. I love good company, don't you?

By nature, I am an introvert. I am serious and a deep thinker. Being around people that I don't know well exhausts me, and I don't keep lots of girlfriends. I know many women who have droves and droves of female friends that they shop with, travel with, bake with, gossip with, and call on the phone. I've never been that kind of girl. For a short period in my life, I kept a full social schedule, but mostly I prefer lots of unscheduled time. So, when I do choose to be around others, I choose my company carefully. I choose people that I care about deeply and that inspire me and encourage me. Maybe it's selfish, or maybe it's lazy. But, this is who I am. I am often misunderstood in a crowd to be snotty or aloof, but the truth is that I just don't do small talk and light conversation well. I love to talk to others about things that I'm passionate about, but ask me to talk for five minutes about the happenings of my week or your week, and I'm toast. I just don't have this gift.

I know that the people that we associate with are critical to our lives. They shape us and mold us and influence us beyond our own realization. Proverbs 24:1 warns about keeping bad company,"Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company;"

So, I've made it my personal goal to choose my company well. I want to surround myself with those who edify Christ and who clearly exemplify His presence in their lives. I want to leave behind those people and those situations that are negative and that breed dishonor to the cause of Christ. This is a personal choice, but I do believe that we are called to live for a higher purpose, one that is set apart for God's use.


Ruth - Grandma said...

I know you are enjoying your spring break and the wonderful weather. We had a wonderful spring day here as well. Sounds like you put it to good use and had a special time with your family. What a darling little girl Hensley is! She looked like she was very interested in checking out everything and was enjoying this outing as much as anyone. Have a great week and get a lot of rest!

Melissa Jo said...

Bless you! I'm like you with friends, kind of picky, I want a friend I can fully feel comfortable with and being around! I want you to know I pray for you daily! Love your updates! I had Hodgkin's Disease when I was 17 so, in a way I know what you are going through! I pray that God heal's your body and gives you the strength you're in need of right now!

God Bless!
Melissa Jo

Jana said...

Ohmahgosh, you went to Blue Moon! Alex and I were there around 9:30 this morning. He begged to go back today after we went with my mom and stepdad on Saturday. He mostly just loved riding in the wagon and looking at the goldfish. And I dropped another handful of cash on herbs. :)

one of nettie's girls said...

I have been to Blue Moon twice with my sister who lives in Kemp. I love it. It looks like you had a wonderfully, sunshiney day.

Julie-CA said...

Thanks for sharing the fun pictures. Your niece is adorable. I love her little curls. :) Thanks also for sharing more about yourself in such a way. Your choices are neither selfish or lazy, they're wise. We should guard our hearts and use the utmost wisdom in who and what we allow to influence them. I, unlike you, have always been the on the high end of an extrovert but it's funny...since coming to know and follow Christ, I am not that way at all. I used to be known as the class clown (yes, was actually nominated that in high school) and as one who was known to be able to talk all day, full of animation and expression. And while this is still true of me, the Holy Spirit has harnessed it tremensely and it is no longer my focus when being around others. Rather, I strive to be disciplined to bringing Him glory and honor with each word I speak. I chose my words carefully in hopes that when they are spoken, they are filled with wisdom and they are glorifying to the One I am so longing to point others towards. Being funny and expressive can be a blessing and can exhort others wonderfully, but can also deeply grieve the Holy Spirit. You can so easily sin and slander others through your "expressions", let alone your multitude of words. Each of these can be detremental to the cause for Christ and combining them together...yikes. Oh how thankful I am for the Holy Spirit's constant work in our lives. I love that He leads all of Christ's followers, regardless of different "personality's", to ultimately become like-minded in the way they conduct themselves. Makes us truly a family. Thanks again for sharing. So refreshing to hear. :) (woah, talk about wordy...so sorry about the BOOK!

Paula said...

Brian and Lindsey,
You are so right. Negative people are bad for your health, mental and physical. They drag you down to their level without even realizing it and the negatism sets in.
We are alot alike in that respect, it has been so hard to make good friends out here because we haven't found a good church home. We have searched and searched and God just hasn't put the right one in our path but we are certainly learning alot. But without like believers, it's hard to find good friends.
Please enjoy your spring break and look for those restful moments.
Stormin His Throne on your behalf.
The Chaffin's

Shelly said...

Hensley is so cute! I worked in the nursery this week at church and I had her in my room. Such a sweet spirit! She's just precious!

Norma said...

As I was looking through the pictures, my mouth dropped open....we saw Hensley and her family at Tiger Creek today!! We were on part of the tour with them! lol! She is such a little doll!

So enjoy reading your blog! God Bless you my sister - you are a blessing and encouragement to others. Praying for you!

christina joy said...

This post resonates with me. I am the same way regarding introversion and friends. I don't have many and have such an ache to go deeper in the ones I do have. I don't do "small talk" well at all. I feel almost offended when asked the "surfacey" questions.

I'm reading a book right now called Bo's Cafe and it portrays the kind of deep, authentic friendship I feel so desperate for. A true environment of grace.

Anyhow, I was just looking through some old posts of mine and you commented on one of them a couple years ago. I never checked yours out until now. I'm so glad I did. Blessings to you my friend.