We should never lose our childlike wonder. So many times because of the trials and tribulations of life people become so serious that they forget how to smile and enjoy the day that is given to them. We have to remind ourselves that tomorrow is promised to no man and all we have is today to make the most memories, enjoy the most laughter, love others with our whole heart and be there for our fellow man letting them know that we care for their well-being. We shouldn’t allow ourselves to go through life with a grimace tattooed on our face where when people see us they immediately pretend they didn’t or quickly walk in the opposite direction. Our countenance should be welcoming where others are drawn to the peace and calmness that is radiating out of our spirit. God has made too many promises that all will be well with us and for us to forget those promises is like somebody winning a jackpot, but refusing to receive their prize. We have to be positive deliberately showing the world as well as the enemy that no matter what may come our way we will remain joyful, glad and at peace because faithful is He who has promised to go before us and make every crooked path straight. (James 4:13-14) (Romans 8:28)
Be encouraged to see life with refreshed eyes. Take time to stop and smell the roses, spend time with those who mean the world to you and simply enjoy this day to its fullest potential. Don’t think about your troubles, don’t count your past mistakes and think that life isn’t worth living anymore because as long as you have breath within your being you still have another chance to be better, to do better and to become all that God has created you to be. If you have been finding yourself stagnant and unmoved because of some discouragement that has been weighing on your mind and heart I encourage you again to let it go and let God bring healing and restoration to your mind, body and spirit. All we have to do is humble ourselves before the Lord and ask to be healed and God will be faithful to hear and answer every heartfelt prayer. Think of God as your loving Father who wishes for you to succeed, to excel and to be triumphant in every area of life. Believe this truth for yourself so that you can stand up again, see the beauty of life with refreshed eyes and be all that God has created you to be. (Jeremiah 29:11-14) (Luke 12:29-32)
I hope this message inspires and encourages your heart to see the beauty that surrounds you with refreshed eyes so that you may rejuvenate and reinvigorate the joy and gladness that is within your being.
CAN YOU SAY “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.”
I remember standing in rapt awe when I gazed upon the wonders of the ancient Incan city of Machu Picchu in Peru. That amazing city was built above the clouds, and it was more than the high altitude that took my breath away. Can you say, “Awe”?
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? When do we stop saying, “Awe”? Does growing older mean growing jaded?
And must we travel to faraway places to marvel once again? Can't we experience wonder and awe today - this moment?
The slice of raisin toast I ate this morning was no less marvelous today than when I first tasted it. But I did not notice how good it really was. I think that few things are commonplace in themselves – it's our reaction to them that grows dull over the years.
A man on his way to lunch happened to notice a visitor in Venice's Piazza San Marco standing among the pigeons and gazing in apparent rhapsody at the Doge's Palace. After his meal he noticed the same man still studying the magnificent structure. Curious as to whether he'd been standing there all morning, he asked the man, “How long have you been here?”
“Twenty six years,” came the reply, “and I never grow tired of it.”
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:
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet:”
James 1:2-5 “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”
Psalm 20:6-9 “Now know I that the LORD saveth His anointed; He will hear him from His Holy Heaven with the saving strength of His right hand. Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God. They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright. Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: I KNOW WHO HOLDS TOMORROW
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Today’s Selected Testimony: MADE STRONG THROUGH WEAKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry