Saturday, January 28, 2012

Branches

I took this photo in Nova Scotia last summer. The more I look at it, the more it reminds me of my Family Tree research right now. Lots of branches and lots of directions all at once!! 

I started my tree when I was 17, even before the TV series Roots came out and made genealogy more popular. AND long before Ancestry and all of the online resources that are available now. It meant LOTS of paper & notes, trips to cemeteries (which most were not in great shape - thornbushes and blackflies!!), reading old books, researching at the NS Archives, and asking every relative about their families. This literally has created a room full of information - my office.  

Now I LOVE all the information that is available online and my research very quickly accelerated, at breakneck speed, to the point that it HAS to be organized into a more efficient system (one someone else could actually find what they were looking for!!), or it will just be seen as piles of useless paper. Worse yet, I will be labeled a hoarder!! (Yes, I have that gene!!) So now my task is to sort, identify, label, digitize, and file years of information. Where to start? One pile or box at a time. 

In the same way, our lives can sometimes feel out of control too. Things left undone or unsaid DO pile up. They don't just disappear. In fact, they more often continue to grow and become a huge issue, a lot bigger than if we had handled it sooner. BUT there comes a time to deal with it - no more procrastination - just do it!! 

So what is on your "To Do List"? Is there something you have been putting off until another day? Is there someone you need to call? Is there something in your life that needs to be cleaned out, or purged completely? Make plans to deal with it today. Make a new "To Do List"!! You'll feel so much better and then you'll not have to carry the weight of it any longer. 

God also provided a way for us to deal with the weights that bring us down emotionally. Is He on your list of things put off? Do you need to settle some things with Him? Do it today - right now. Ask for Forgiveness and then move forward. Are you holding something against someone else? Forgive them and move on. Unforgiveness is like a rock around your neck, choking the life out of you, leaving you with little strength to face each day. Break free from it and live in the freedom it will bring. Where to start? One step at a time. Just keep moving forward.
Selah

4 comments:

Dianne said...

This is a very encouraging post. Glad we connected on twitter.

Vicki said...

Oh yes, so many things lately I've put off. Thanks for your post. Btw, I sometimes fear I could become a hoarder and need to do some excavating and purging. And such a good point on forgiveness, dear friend. Amen to that one. I do love that photo of the tree...sometimes I wish I could build an adult-size treehouse and go there to write:-)

Vicki said...

PS-- my link goes to Blogger but my Wordpress blog is here: http://victoriagaines.com :-)

Betty said...

This was a very convicting post for me for I have been putting off several things. We lived so long over seas with TV that I find myself getting caught up in some of the shoes instead of putting thing in order. Thanks for your open honest way of writing. Blessings