Sieze the day!
I have heard this phrase throughout my life. We all know it is good to enjoy each and every moment, but do we live this way?
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” –James 1:17
I always strive to view my current situation as a gift. No matter how unpleasant the circumstances, I know it is good for my soul to reflect upon the blessings from the Lord. I have health. I have family and friends who love me. I have a warm place to live. I have nutritious food to eat. Clothes to wear. A church in which to freely worship. I recently read about a man who had surgery on his nose. The operation failed and now he has to wear a long brace on his nose just to breathe. How grateful I am to have breath! Unlabored, effortless breathing. Praise the Lord! Something that I have never thought to be thankful for!
Yet, the sinner in me desires more. The words don’t want to be written but I know they occupy themselves deep within my heart. I want more. More things over the abundant blessings I already have: more than Jesus. Sometimes I wish we had the money to eat out more often, to travel more, and to have a house. Sometimes, I wish we lived closer to family. The lie in this attitude is that, “You don’t need more of Jesus, you need more stuff. More money. More time. And then you’ll be happy.”
I know, not too long ago, I couldn’t wait to be married. I wanted to have a place of my own. And here I am, with thoughts of wanting more than I have right now when this is the life, I yearned for so recently. Silly silly.
I believe we think we desire more than God but we settle our desire for far far less. C.S. Lewis says it best:
“We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”
I remember looking for my first nursing job. I prayed hard for a job. Any job. And then I got a job. I was praising the Lord for an answered prayer and then I started to think: “Eh, not the best job though.” And I began to long for the time of looking for a job instead of working the one was in! My heart weeps for those missed opportunities because I was too busy wishing for something else to happen.
God wants us to enjoy the moments. And to live open hearted to hearing the Lord in our circumstances. To trust the Lord in each moment. To choose to love rather than to place importance in saving time and money. To not waste our lives.
I am sure I could have used more of my time to glorify God and to be joyful regardless of what I am doing. Why? Because I have the ultimate gift! Jesus died for our sins so that God looks at us and sees us as pure beings. We have been redeemed. Instead of the sinner that I am He sees me as a precious child of God worthy of all His love and Completeness. God loves us so deeply, there is nothing we can ever do to lose His love and faith in us. God’s love does not rely on our works. I have a best friend – Jesus Christ who created the universe! He understands my past, my hurt, my sinful nature, my inner struggles, and he takes all of that and makes me blameless and says I am beautiful. I am a daughter of the Highest King. Praise be to the Lord!
Let my life be a thank offering unto You Lord. Amen.