In an interview, author Elizabeth Gilbert was asked how she felt about the incredible success of her book Eat, Pray, Love. She asked the interviewer if he knew what “absolute value” meant in reference to numbers. She said that she is most productive, creative, and content when she is at zero. Some experiences like the success of her book were a huge positive, a “10.” Other events were very negative, a “-10.” But whether her experiences were positive or negative, the absolute value tells her how far away she is from where she needs to be: zero.
This past weekend was an emotional roller coaster for me. Our services were really good! But I was also stressed and tired from all the preparation and thought that went into these services. My emotions were swinging back and forth from one side to the other.
When I sat down on Monday morning to Week 4, Day 1, I understood what Elizabeth Gilbert was talking about. Doing my daily lesson and Bible reading brought me back to zero. It helped me to remember that all of these emotions–good and bad–are not what I’m seeking; I’m seeking the risen Lord.
My prayer for all of us this morning: may our lessons, our Bible reading, and our prayers re-center us, refocus us, and remind us that we are first and foremost servants of our risen Lord Jesus.