We each have a time in life when we get into a routine of doing things a
certain way. It is important that we break from our routines from time to
time in order to see the beauties that are all around us that we don't
normally take time to recognize. Life isn't meant to be a race, but rather
a journey that we are to appreciate and learn from. We are to enjoy our
days as the Bible declares in Psalm 118:24, "This is the day which the LORD
hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it."
I hope this message ministers to your heart to appreciate this day and try
to enjoy every moment as best as you can. Never allow your "schedule" to
keep you from taking time to appreciate and enjoy God's great gifts.
THE STUFF OF LIFE
I had a very special teacher in high school many years ago whose husband
died suddenly of a heart attack. About a week after his death, she shared
some of her insight with a classroom of students.
As the late afternoon sunlight came streaming in through the classroom
windows and the class was nearly over, she moved a few things aside on the
edge of her desk and sat down there. With a gentle look of reflection on
her face, she paused and said, "Before class is over, I would like to
share with all of you a thought that is unrelated to class, but which I
feel is very important."
"Each of us is put here on earth to learn, share, love, appreciate and give
of ourselves. None of us knows when this fantastic experience will end. It
can be taken away at any moment. Perhaps this is God's way of telling us
that we must make the most out of every single day."
Her eyes beginning to water, but she went on, "So I would like you all to
make me a promise. From now on, on your way to school, or on your way
home, find something beautiful to notice. It doesn't have to be something
you see -- it could be a scent; perhaps of freshly baked bread wafting out
of someone's house, or it could be the sound of the breeze slightly
rustling the leaves in the trees, or the way the morning light catches one
autumn leaf as it falls gently to the ground.
Please look for these things and cherish them. For, although it may sound
trite to some, these things are "the stuff" of life. The little things we
are put here on earth to enjoy. The things we often take for granted. We
must make it important to notice them, for at any time...it can all be
The class was completely quiet. We all picked up our books and filed out
of the room silently. That afternoon, I noticed more things on my way home
from school than I had that whole semester.
Every once in a while, I think of that teacher and remember what an
impression she made on all of us, and I try to appreciate all of those
things that sometimes we all overlook.
Take notice of something special you see on your lunch hour today. Go
barefoot. Or walk on the beach at sunset. Stop off on the way home tonight
to get a double-dip ice cream cone. For as we get older, it is not just the
things we did that we often regret, but the things we didn't do.
I encourage you to take time each day to appreciate the beauties all around
you. Never allow yourself to get so bogged down that you don't see the
beauty and wonder that surrounds you. Do things this week that you don't
normally do like walking in the park, sitting and watching the sunset or
simply sitting down in front of your family and reading them a story. The
true pleasures of life are always found in the simple things. Take time
today to enjoy the simple things and I assure you life will seem much more
special to you.
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
James 4:13-15 "Come now, you who say, "Today or tomorrow we will go to such
and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit";
whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life?
It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.
Instead you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or
Psalm 34:11-15 "Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the
fear of the LORD. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days,
that he may see good? Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking
guile. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it. The eyes
of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open unto their cry."
Psalm 103:2-5 "Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who
redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness
and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy
youth is renewed like the eagle's."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: ALWAYS WITH ME
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Today's Selected Testimony: PRAISE THE LORD
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In Christ's Service,
Gods Work Ministry