Today I’m taking in the New Year at the world’s best coffee house—seriously. I’ve tasted a lot of coffee all over the world and Archetype in Omaha is doing it perfectly. LOVE this place and the guys who run it, Isaiah and Daniel. There’s such a good vibe here–peace, openness, acceptance, excellence and hospitality. And I always run into such good people here. Just now, no kidding, a young female patron who I generally only see here, stopped by to exchange some love-filled words and offered to clear my cappuccino cup and saucer and pastry dish and bring me a glass of water. What? Seriously? People are this selfless and kind? Yes. Being at Archetype always reminds me of the essential goodness of people.
It’s important to pay attention to the people who and the spaces that resound your own goodness. In 2015, more of what brings out my best self; less of what diminishes her.
I can’t think of a better way to start the new year than here at Archetype with you–a sort of virtual coffee date :).
1. Goodness certainly attracts goodness.
Life has never been better for Chris and me. The past seven years were some of the hardest. Yep. Seven tough years.
Little did I know then, that through all that soul excavation and circumstantial and relational challenge that space was being carved out within me and in my life and relationships for more fullness of what life has to offer. When life gets super tough. Hang on. Have faith.
And the results of that inner work will be better than you could ever imagine.
2. A work you didn’t ask for but need is being done in you.
3. Risk + Faith = Fulfillment
Now, Chris and I often look at each other and say, “I love our new life.”
Our days are marked with so much freedom, joy, peace and gratitude. It’s truly remarkable. I mean we’ve always had a great life, but somehow we are experiencing the goodness of life so much more than ever.
#mylifeissohappy That’s how I feel every day. Sure there are challenges and hard times, but underneath the varied circumstances of life is a deepening rootedness in God’s all-surpassing Goodness and Love and divine purpose in everything.
My heart is bursting with gratitude at the simplest of things–good coffee, warm sunshine, carefree birds, radiant friends.
4. Happiness is not circumstantial but a soul root that connects to the Ground of Being.
5. Be receptive to the intuitive vibrations calling you to new things; you never know the doors that are opening for you if you will but take the first step.
6. Pay attention to the practices and actions that give you life, oftentimes those hold the secret to your most relevant gifts to the world.
7. It takes time to grow into your purpose and calling. Be patient with yourself.
In Chris and my work with Gravity we’re getting requests to teach for churches, missional communities and non-profits all over the world. We just finalized some work in Cape Town and Johannesburg this summer, Cambodia (for a second time) and getting requests for New Zealand, Australia, etc. So, 2015 looks to be a pretty amazing year. We’re hoping our work will continue to take us back to India–the land where it all sort of began for us, and a place and people who are so very dear to us.
Beyond our work–which occupies the majority of our time–we have an incredible community of friends here in Omaha and literally across the globe–friends, and family, and friends who are like family, of whom I am so very very grateful.
Years ago at university when I was contemplating God’s call on my life, as I anticipated the proverbial cross and the personal costs, a mentor gave me the verse, a promise really, that
“Whoever leaves mother, father, sisters, brothers, for My sake will receive a hundred times as much and inherit eternal life” (Mark 10:29).
That promise is the gift that keeps on giving. I feel like the richest woman in the world. (ahh…big breath)
I just can’t give thanks enough for the life I’ve been given.
And so if you’ve made it this far in the blog post, thanks for letting me reflect with you. I didn’t plan this for today, but as it turns out it was the perfect way to start the New Year.
*photo credit :: Archetype Coffee