The Gift of Today
“This is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
– Psalm 118:24
When I initially sat down to write this month’s “Jewel” it was basically an outpouring of lamentation and self-condemnation over my lack of self- discipline in pursuing my goals and dreams, and how boring and regular my life is… and then I go on to say what I need to do about it, and what you need to do about it if in the same situation ( some nerve huh), etc. etc. etc. Then I took a break from writing and figured I’d come back to it later. Later was about 6 hours later… after work, and traffic, and pouring rain, and kids, and then finally I had a moment to myself to take a deep breath and breathe. I went to the quietest room in my home, nestled myself on a pile of pillows on the floor and thought, “thank You God for this pile of pillows, this corner of a room, this shelter from the rain, the ability to provide for what my children need, and a sound mind.” I’m not even sure where this expression of gratitude for what i had considered to be the simplicities and doldrums of my daily life had come from in that moment, but I am thankful it did.
Its so easy to focus on the negative; what we don’t like, and what we wish was different. The irony being that what we are thinking… we are manifesting and bringing into existence. What I believe to be true is that if you aren’t mindful of what you are thinking and how often you are thinking it, you may get exactly what you do not want. The Law of Attraction is always at work in our lives, drawing to us, like magnets, whatever predominates our thinking, positive or negative.
Nonetheless, in that moment, for whatever reason, it was never more clear… the many, many, things we so easily take for granted are definite and absolute blessings. The reality is, that at this exact moment, someone, somewhere, is experiencing the polar opposite of what on any other day I would have been considered commonplace, or “boring”. Right now, as I write this someone is without shelter from the rain, without any comforts of a home, unable to feed them self or their family, and without peace of mind.
So, I say this to you, as well as to myself…If you’re unsatisfied with your life because it lacks the excitement you desire, or some days it’s a bit of a struggle…or you’re bored, etc, …make a commitment to do something about, develop a plan, act on it, and change your circumstances. But, in the meantime and in between time, SUCK IT UP and be thankful that your circumstances aren’t worse, no matter how bad you perceive them to be at the time. Believe me, it can always get worse.
Detroit, I am asking that no matter what is happening in your life right, no matter how preoccupied your thinking may be with the stress and chaos of your life, please make the time daily to see the good that is present all around you. Especially, in those things you may view as trivial and mundane. In parting, I leave you with this reminder,” Do not be anxious for anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6)