What if it continues to be rainy and cloudy and miserable for weeks on end? It’s a gift.
What if I lose my job and I don’t know how I’m going to make my next mortgage payment? Still a gift.
What if my spouse cheats, the cancer spreads, my children fail, and I can’t see the purpose in any of it? (Ah, this is where faith becomes so important– ) This day too is a gift. Are you treasuring it?
Still working on the concept of ABUNDANCE, I’ve realized that we also miss it when we’re tied up with worry about the past, complaining about our present, or freaked out about our future. What if instead we took even a moment, every day, to just focus on the good, our growth, and to be grateful?
I know, I know, some of you are already thinking, “But I don’t have a moment! or “I can’t afford to do that!” or “Then I would just be lying to myself!” In actuality, it is the lies in our over-stressed, over-worked, over-stimulated culture that convince us we are somehow less than what we should be when every minute isn’t scheduled with plans and oh so important things to do… We’re a fearful bunch, really, and we believe the lies that tell us we won’t be valued if we’re not constantly on the move, or that we’ll get bored when we take time out for reflection, or that only “weirdo, hippie types” and artistic people have the freedom to experience life this way.
A friend of mine has been talking about the beauty of leaving a little margin in our lives, and in a community he is working to create. You remember margins? That space around the edges in books and papers that gave us room to interact with what we were reading and to form relationship connections that furthered understanding…
Imagine what a little life margin could do– We could actually be fully present and available when a friend, neighbor, child, husband actually wanted to go a little deeper in conversation, or needed some help and were reluctant to ask. We could actually be aware and notice God showing up to bless us throughout the day– splashes of color in the dreary gloom, and the coolness of a shady tree when we have to stand in the heat. We could be people who appreciated the gift of today.
Instead we run around like the proverbial hamster on a wheel. Constantly checking our smart phones for emails, updates, appointments, and the like, we are scheduled to the max and regularly running on fumes.
And then, the unthinkable happens and we’re forced to STOP. We dip into reserves we didn’t save, either in time or money (lack of margin again) to attend a funeral out of state.
Life is short. We have no guarantees about tomorrow. But in the right frame of mind and with gratitude, we CAN treasure the gift of today.
This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!