Tuesday, September 18, 2007

24 Voices, with 24 Hearts

I had an amazing birthday! I preached on Sunday, then had lunch with Andrew R. and Sarah R., then my Grampa and his wife and my uncle came over for dinner. Yesterday (my actual birthday), I had lunch with Grama and Grampa Shitama, went shopping with Marti, and then had dinner with Marti, Jen, Rich, and Bryna. And on Friday I'm getting together with Loretta and Erica!

Anyway, of course my birthday calls for a reflective blog about the last year and the coming year... Some of you know that last year I decided my theme song was (appropriately) "23" by Jimmy Eat World. I made the lyrics Amazing still it seems/ I'll be 23/ I won't always love what I'll never have/ I won't always live in my regret. My goal for the year was to become content with my life, and... it actually happened! I'll have to attribute that to God, but I love my life and my job(s) and my friends and even living at home.

By the end of the year, though, another quote from that song started knocking around in my head. You'll sit alone forever/ if you wait for the right time/ what are you hoping for? I thought of these lines mostly because I was almost 24 and people were starting to ask questions about what I'm going to do long-term and when I'm going to start working on getting married, etc. Well, after a brief but violent internal crisis, I realized that (duh) God has placed me in a really good place right now, and I can trust God to continue to throw me in the right direction. All I have to do is be open to the opportunities.

Which brings me to my new song for the year, "Twenty-four" by Switchfoot. I'm so uncreative. But I really like the song and think it is appropriate. I have so many different things that I want to do in my life (and in the next few years), and there's a temptation to become really scattered and try to chase after different things I want. But as I said, I think God is leading me into new possibilities and I'm going along as God knits them together. I think this is going to be a really good year!

You're raising these 24 voices
with 24 hearts
and all of my symphonies in 24 parts
but I want to be one today
centered and true
I'm singing "spirit take me up in arms with you"



Blogger B said...

Re: "I have so many different things that I want to do in my life (and in the next few years), and there's a temptation to become really scattered and try to chase after different things I want."

Umm, are you saying that's not a good thing to do? Because that's kind of what I base my life around... that, and astrology, of course.

(Happy?? Thanks for the Facebook guilt trip, Megan Shitama!!! ;D)

7:07 PM  
Blogger troy said...

oh megs, if you do sit alone forever, i'll sit with you. and there's nothing wrong with scattering your life. you shouldn't stay tied to ministry just because it's what you think you're "meant" to do. who knows how you'll be happiest unless you try everything.

11:56 AM  
Blogger Megan Methodist said...

Well I'll be happy doing the things I'm meant to do. I can only chase after so many things at once. I'll just chase lots of things one after the other, maybe.

1:52 PM  
Anonymous John Gimmy said...

Hi Megan
I am glad that you are content now. try to ignore the pressure about marriage and long term carreer. you are young and have plenty of time. right now you are free to follow God's lead without looking back. Just enjoy this time and trust that God knows all your needs and will meet them in HIs time. A little funny that Troy thinks he can advise you....can he say he is content?

9:25 AM  
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