Things On My Desk (Part 1)

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If ever you’ve been in my office, you’ll not be surprised to know I believe in the maxim: A clean desk is the sign of a sick mind!

With that said, I wanted to take the next few weeks to simply blog about things on my desk. They are there for a reason. They are meaningful to me. Maybe some of this will be encouraging to you. Maybe it will just help you to understand me a little bit better.

I begin with the photo you see above. My daughter Emily drew this and gave it to me for Christmas 2003. It is been on my desk ever since. It means a lot to me simply because my daughter created it, and gave it to me as a gift. But it also means a lot to me for what it represents.

A drawing of a man holding an elephant’s tail – it is here as a daily reminder to me to let go of the things I cannot control. To do otherwise is a futile waste of energy, not unlike holding an elephant by its tail. Sometimes I struggle with worry and anxiety. In retrospect, it usually comes down to issues about control. It is annoying and troublesome when I am not in control. But here’s the thing: as I’ve gotten older I’ve come to realize that most of the time control is just an illusion. The truth is that the majority of things and circumstances in my life are beyond my ability to manipulate. Therefore I must let it go.

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.” Philippians 4:6

Thanks to my daughter, each day I am reminded to let go of the elephants tail and then spend my time and energy more profitably – in prayer.

Peace,
Dave