I expect it’s happened to you as well at some point – you are into a week of your life, and a whole number of things start to feel as though they are falling apart. In our family unit this week, we are dealing with dying, with employment, with even having to get a crown put on a tooth. It’s possible to have a whole host of other challenges that come forward, that seem to almost invite us to look down, to become frustrated, or even to roll into some kind of funk or depression. How could things get worse? How am I going to get out of this mess? Why is this happening to me right now, right here? Can’t I go back in time to when my life was joyful and hopeful?
Well, I’d like to offer you three thoughts – three affirmations, as it were, to help you through what you might be going through right now, or at least to keep, and think about when that time comes, which unfortunately, always does come at some point… I think it is helpful even to say these affirmations out loud.
Word for the day: rhathymia. Pronounced ruh-THIGH-mee-uh. Whenever a word begins with “rh,” you can almost bet it is Greek word. This one is no different. When you break down the word, knowing that “ia” stands for the state of something, like amnesia, or such, then the other two Greek pieces are rha, which means “easy” and thymos, which means “spirit, mind, or courage.” Someone who has rhathymia, therefore, is someone who is optimistic, or has a carefree spirit, or who expresses light-hearted behavior. They are happy, and always are looking on the sunny side of the street.
After 43 years of ministry, Randy Cross lived his "fourth life" and shared about retirement, living boldly and intentionally in our world. To be sure, there was some North Dakota thrown in.