In the morning it is stressful to get ready to leave the house for school and your job. After your working hours you need to quickly drop by at the grocery store, pick up the kids, fix a meal, clean up, go to a meeting or the gym, come home, take a shower, read your Bible scripture for the day and then finally get into bed an hour later then you’ve planned. Recognizable?
Take a look around
Did you take time to look around you today and enjoy the beauty of nature? The warmth of the sun on your skin? Did you look around you in amazement of how many different people walk this earth with their own stories while God knows them all? Did you cherish the moments with your kids? Have you thanked God today for your health? Did you really taste and enjoy the food that entered your mouth? Did you let the scripture you read really touch ground in your heart? Did you look back on this day and smiled over the good talk you had with your colleague? How much of today did you really enjoy while you were living it? How much do you enjoy it when you look back on it? Do you even look back at it or does the next day already start…?
God wants us to enjoy life. As Jesus says in John 10:10 “A thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy; I came that you may have and enjoy life and have it in abundance.”Don’t forget that He created the whole earth and put everything in it for us to enjoy. But we made life in the 21st century the busiest time of all. We have tight schedules, our minds are constantly occupied with all the social media and electronic devices surrounding us, the possibilities and choices we can make about how we spend our time are enormous. Don’t you sometimes long for a day on an inhabitant island, where there is no WiFi. Just a white sandy beach, a palm tree and a blue sea. Just a day where we can just “be”. Where we don’t have to perform, be attendant, be online, be active. Where we can just sit and enjoy the quietness… where there is room in our heads and heart to hear Gods small voice. Just like David, when he sat in green hills watching his sheep. Leaning against a tree, enjoying a warm wind and feeling inspired to write a joyful song for our Lord and Savior. Psalm 16:11 “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
We push ourselves through life doing a lot of things we think we “must” do. But when you think of it, what “must” you really do? What “must” is there? You must breath, but other than that…. We put a yoke on our own shoulders. We must be a good wife, we must be a good mother, we must be a good employee, we must be good church member, and with good we mean that we put every effort, time, skills, resources available to be “good enough”. We even “must” be good children of
God, so we “must” read the Bible, attend prayermeetings, share the Gospel, help the needy etc. But in all these “must-do”things we put on ourselves, we forget to just sit, look around, be at peace and enjoy.
See your blessings
When you enjoy friendships, His nature, the smell of fresh flowers, He enjoys it. He came to set us free, to be free of all these lies that we “must” be constantly in busy-mode: 1 Timothy 6:17 “…set your hope on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”
He is God, your good Father, who blessed you enormously today
If you are stressing in the morning to go to work, take a moment to enjoy and smile when your daughter has a milk mustache on her face. When you drive to your work, take time to breath in the air and watch the trees, the flowers, the people around you. When you are at work, take a moment to thank God for your colleague, enjoy your lunch. Take the time to snuggle against your husband on the couch and talk about your day, play a game with your kids, and take some time to be
still…. and know that He is God, your good Father, who blessed you enormously today.
Maybe this means your house will not be cleaned today or you had to cancel the meeting… but that’s okay. You don’t have to do it all.
Abundance grows from the seed of every ‘thank You’
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