January 29, 2016
Sometimes it is the small things that can make us happy, bring a smile to our face or lift our spirits. That quick glance at a clear blue sky while driving down the street, the squirrel running up the tree in your yard, the beautiful chirping of the birds or even the ray of sunlight coming through the kitchen window can uplift our spirits if we take time to notice them.
I have always loved nature, but there seemed to be a long period in my life where I didn’t have time to even notice it. I became so busy that I didn’t know from day to day if the sun was even shining. I let myself become more involved in the needs of others than I should have until they took advantage and made it seem more like an obligation than help.
As I have gotten older and no longer work I have had to step back from taking on the responsibility of others, having to force them to take care of themselves, which I now see should have been done a long time ago. I now have the time to catch up on the small things I missed out on for so long.
Today I am thankful for all those small things, the chirping birds, the ray of sunlight that comes through the kitchen window, the squirrels running up the trees in the yard and the blue sky during the day and the beautiful stars at night.
Here is a small piece of advice for those who have become so busy with life that they no longer notice the smaller, less stressful, free things in life, take a break, breath the fresh air, smell the roses and stare at the sky.
January 30, 2016
Romans 8:24-25 : 24 For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one also hope for what he sees? 25. But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Websters Dictionary defines hope as “the desire with expectation of obtainment: to expect with confidence and trust.
Without hope, we have nothing. Hope for a new position or job, hope for your children to grow up right, hope that you can provide your family’s needs, hope for good health and more importantly hope in Jesus Christ are the most basic. A child may hope for a new toy, knowing his parents will more than likely get it for him for Christmas or his Birthday, an young adult may hope for a good job after school or that the person they have a crush on will return their affection.
New parents may be hoping for a healthy baby or that the paperwork on their first house will go through. Grandparents may be hoping for a visit from their grandchildren, employers are hoping for good employees, the homeless man on the corner is hoping for a hot meal and people in war torn countries are hoping for some relief.
Without hope, the world becomes a bleak, black and white, silent place, but we all have hope in Jesus Christ as our savior. It is the hope of his blessings, his guidance, his love that keeps the majority of the worlds population pushing on, hoping for better things to come. Today I am thankful for hope.