Wife tells me that when baby Isaiah went for his two year-old check-up this week, the doctor announced that he was to receive two shots.

“Two shots!” Isaiah shouted with glee. “Two shots!” Either he thought he was going to play guns with his brothers, or he believed shots is a new kind of candy.

You can imagine his disappointment.

I think many of the glittery and mysterious things of the world are like that, too. We think on them, we obsess over them, and then when we finally get them good and hard, we find out that they just plain hurt. And usually it takes more than a Sesame Street Band-Aid to set things to rights.

At the other end of that taut line of human existence, we ignore the things that bring peace and quiet joy, because we have become conditioned to yearn for glitter. So we pine after what will hurt us, and wallow in dissatisfaction amongst the blessings. Or maybe that’s just me.┬áBut if it’s you too, at least sometimes, then what say we make a pact to stop chasing trinkets, and just . . . listen. To the wind, to the sound of far-off traffic, to the beating of our own hearts.

Just listen.


  1. Marc V

    I’m reminded of something from the Swingin’ Medallions:

    It wasn’t wine that I had too much of
    It was a double shot of my baby’s love

    Double shot of my baby’s love, yeah yeah, yeah
    Double shot of my baby’s love, yeah yeah, yeah
    A potion that I had too much of
    It was a double shot of my baby’s love

  2. Ann Voskamp

    “We pine after what will hurt us”… like ink and the full monty and the selling of our beating, bleating hearts. When we could just listen.

    Who conditions us for the glitter? Or is it simply part of the Fall and our unholy discontent? When we could have the quiet joy and eat from every other tree in the garden.

    Is it too late to make the pact?

  3. Emily

    The glitter is awfully blinding at times, and it makes everything else look dull – but when you wipe away those broken shards that were obstructing your view…everything else looks brighter. “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known” (1 Cor. 13:12). I can’t wait until there’s no more glitter, no more obstruction…just the Light.

  4. nichole

    We have to ask God to change our hearts to long for what He longs for, seek what He seeks, and be broken by what breaks His heart. Stopping and listening is a very good place to start. Thank you for the reminder.

  5. SMR

    Wow. If you weren’t happily married and I weren’t happily married I’d want to be married to you, because this feels like you peered into my heart/soul/mind and wrote what I had been feeling lately.

    And of course that underscores the truth of what you wrote about. You are a seemingly glittery guy who understands something that my wonderful husband would never contemplate, let alone articulate. And yet most days I consider him perfection, and you may leave your socks on the floor for your wife to pick up.

    Thanks for a post that really spoke to me — I will have to come here again, often.

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