Pondering Thought: Dabble




Psalm 5


Do you start something with a lot of passion?
Later on have it fizzle

Are you really excited one moment?
Only to feel bored and discontent the next

Do you find it hard to rekindle the flame?
Are you looking for that next passion?

For some in the world
They go through phases

They are obsessed with something for a while
They become bored and look for the next big thing

While in the moment
Things appear to be well

As time passes, things aren’t has shiny
We find faults, problems beyond our control

We get frustrated, look for alternatives
In some cases, we work through the challenge

Only to find another one waiting for us
We dabble here, we dabble there

We try this thing, that thing
We try not to become too committed

Based on prior experience there will be challenges
When we were younger, there was hope and promise

Experience teaches to be more cautious
Experience teaches to be more aware

The excitement is tapered waiting for things to work out
The dreams of youth fade

Before long, we reflect wondering what’s next
We wait while our heavenly Father is still there

When accepting His free gift of external life through Jesus
That is one passion that will last a lifetime

There will be highs
There will be lows

Just like anything else we face on earth except one thing
His promise will help continue the passion for eternity

This promise brings hope
Sometimes, it’s the only thing we can cling to

Other passions of this world will fade
They will come and go like the wind

Jesus gave a simple statement
When you work, work like you are working for me

Give it your all, give your best
This is great advice

It brings hope, focus and direction
Even in uncertainty

When following Jesus, nothing is easy
If it was easy, everyone would do it

We think we know what we want
Until we discover what we don’t

The next time you dabble in something
Make sure it’s for the right reason

There will be challenges along with moments of success
Have an eternal view when looking at problems

It will eventually lesson the blow
Even though in the moment it might not feel like it

Jesus, I give you my soul, all my challenges
When I dabble in something

Make sure I represent you accordingly
Thank you again for the gift of eternal life

In this life and next
I want to be able to dabble within your kingdom


Story Behind the Poem

There has been recent challenges in life that tapered my excitement for certain things, such as technology.  I’ve always been a person who hyper focuses on something for a while, then turn to something else.  I made a career change in December 2013. I was primarily focused on one vendor products for 14 years only to switch a year ago.  In any field, there is uncertainty, it’s been a little scary and at times I feel like I’m dabbling yet to find my grove.  In prior positions, I became the ‘go to’ person with a presence in the community.  I left that behind knowing it was the best longer term.  That doesn’t take away the fear except for this time, I have the Lord on my side.  When I’m struggling, when I fear the unknown or have something that keeps me up at night, I turn it over to the Lord.

There are other challenges in my family going on, I don’t have all the answers nor claim to.  The longer I walk with the Lord, the more I cling to the Hope of eternal life and doing things to show my example he has given me.
Stories like this help work through the challenge of the day.  Having an eternal view while facing a challenge day helps, there is still fear, uncertainty although deep down we know better.  The Holy Spirit gives us strength in times of great joy and great sadness.

For those who dabble in Jesus, they aren’t discovering all the blessings that come with having him as your declared savior.  It’s one thing I don’t want to dabble although the longer I walk with Jesus, I find myself at times seeking that ‘next passion’.  He has blessed me in writing many books with poems. Although I’ve not found success compared to other things, success will come in His time if it’s meant to be, there is nothing I can do in the meantime accept be obedient.

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