We should never forget that each new day that we are blessed enough to see is a gift in itself. There isn't anything else that is required for us to be thankful except to see another day. So many people today are depressed, joy less, fearful and simply living in misery. I believe it is because many times people focus more on what they lack rather than being thankful for all that they possess. If we were to take inventory of our life posting all of the good on one side of the list and all of the bad on the other side, I believe the majority of people's good list would greatly outweigh their bad list. But they have to think outside of the box. They have to list the things that they don't think about on a daily basis. Things such as their eyesight, their hearing, their ability to be independent and most importantly their continuous and unrelenting beating heart without which the next few minutes are impossible to all of us. (Hebrews 13:5-6) (1 Timothy 6:6-12)
If you have been going through a rut and you don't find yourself filled with joy, I would encourage you to see your life with refreshed eyes. See what you have not seen, focus on the simple things that make life so special. Don't race through your life because it will pass you by all too soon. Instead, enjoy the simple things, spend time with those who mean the most to you, think about and be thankful for what you possess inwardly and you will find yourself feeling grateful for your great abundance. It is easy to change our countenance. We simply need to look past the temporary trial that is in our path and focus more on the eternal joy that is set before each of us who trust in the Lord. God is too good for us to waste our days in misery. See your blessings, give God thanks for every gift that you've been given and strive each new day that you are lucky enough to see to bless that day and be blessed by it just the same. (Philippians 3:13-14) (Jeremiah 31:3)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to look at life with refreshed eyes and enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.
STAYING IN AWE
Albert Einstein said that wonder is the source of all true art and all science. “He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead; his eyes are closed.”
During our recent visit to Peru, we were amazed at the magnificent Incan architecture. Their precise stonework has withstood the centuries, though earthquakes have toppled other buildings all around. We were enthralled by the terraces the Incan people built on the sides of Andean mountains to grow crops. They created perhaps the finest irrigation system the world had known at the time.
At Nazca we looked in wonder at the so-called “Nazca Lines” -- a series of lines and pictures the ancient Nazca people drew in the desert sand many hundreds of years ago. Archaeologists are still bewildered by the significance of these lines, yet we were thrilled to gaze in awe at this unusual relic of antiquity. To us, everything was new. Every moment an adventure.
I'm reminded of the little girl who rode a train with her mother. Looking out the window, she exclaimed, “Look! A horse!” And a moment later, “Look! Houses!”
She gave every indication of keeping this up, so her embarrassed mother apologized to the man next to her. “I'm sorry my daughter is going on like this,” she said. “She still thinks everything is wonderful.”
When do we stop thinking everything is wonderful? When we grow up? Does growing older also mean growing jaded?
And must we travel to faraway places to marvel once again? Can't we experience wonder and awe today -- this moment?
A fresh orange or buttered toast is no less marvelous today than when you first tasted it. The building you work in may be an architectural miracle the ancients never fathomed. The smell of your summer garden or the sight of this evening's sunset can be no less glorious today than it ever was. Few things are commonplace in themselves -- it's our reaction to them that grows dull over the years.
As Einstein observed, those who will pause to wonder and stand rapt in awe will truly live. They will see what others miss. They will feel what others cannot. Life will be for them both exquisite and mysterious when they learn to say, “Awe.”
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
2 Corinthians 1:3-4 “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.”
Psalm 34:1-5 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto Him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.”
2 Corinthians 4:15-17 “For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the LORD; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: GOD IS FAITHFUL
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry