In all honesty, this is one of my first attempts at blogging. Typically, my thoughts and prayers stay in my head and never make it to the page. I realize, however, that if my favorite authors didn’t have the courage to write down their thoughts, my life would lack the beauty and creativity that their words foster. So here is my attempt at vulnerability and authenticity.
Pardon the cliché … but life is hard. No one said that it would be easy. Sometimes the only proper response to life’s difficulties is either to cry or laugh. Since I am not a crier, the latter is the option I choose most often. Lately, I feel like I have been laughing a lot, especially after breaking my leg. This would be the part in the movie where the audience is shown a montage of the main character spilling that much-needed cup of coffee — just after getting completely drenched by the bus he missed driving through a puddle. You know exactly what I’m talking about! The only proper response is to laugh. Not because it’s funny (well maybe sometimes), but because that seems like the only thing you can do. That’s how I feel. Life doesn’t stop because my leg is broken, but I believe that God has been trying to show me something in this comedic season.
The fact is, it takes me so much longer to do anything now that I am injured. And I believe that, maybe, God is trying to get me to slow down. Crutches will do that automatically. But I think that perhaps the pace at which I was living my life was too fast. When the business of life becomes my priority and making sure that I check off my to-do list becomes my focus, I begin to lose sight of the things that matter most. It is still important for me to stay on top of my responsibilities, but if I just rush through life, I miss out on all the things that God has for me — mainly, the goodness and peace that comes through a deep relationship with Him. Living in this deep connection allows me to find rest and slow my life down to be aware of my surroundings. If my focus is on ME and MY priorities, that leaves no room for HIM and HIS. Rushing through life means rushing passed relationships and conversations. It means not having time for others, which is exactly the opposite of how I want to live.
Maybe you find yourself caught up in the whirlwind of life too. Maybe your anxiety is at its peak because of the seemingly impossible tasks that are set before you. Maybe you’re just like me: looking at your circumstances and laughing to yourself at the soap opera that your life has become. And maybe God is trying to entice all of us to slow down, breathe deep, and refocus our hearts and minds on Him. This doesn’t diminish your feelings and sometimes it doesn’t even mean that your life will get easier. But God is still good, He is still in control, and just like you … I am taking each day one step at a time (pun completely intended).
Prior to joining SVC, Cory Blyther worked for five years at another Christian education institution. He is a proud alumnus of Azusa Pacific University, where he earned his B.A. in Psychology and is currently finishing his M.A. in Theology and Ethics. Cory loves encouraging students toward active learning and facilitating academic, personal, and spiritual growth.
In his spare time, Cory loves to surf and spend time outdoors. He is a taco enthusiast and a coffee aficionado. He plays drums for his church and is currently in a band with some close friends. Although extroverted, Cory enjoys reading, pondering, and studying complex topics in philosophy and theology.
You may reach Cory at firstname.lastname@example.org.