The gift?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Enjoyment; how often do we really find what we’re looking for and feel we’ve gotten what we’ve pay for? Isn’t this a question that is in need of answering nearly every single day of our lives?

Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.

Years ago Holly and I decided to see a play and then went out to eat after the performance. We’d anticipated our little date for quite some time but, after all was done, felt a little let down. The drive there was tedious as the traffic was particularly bad with unexpected traffic congestion and even an accident thrown in. The parking garage when we got to the performance center was full, so we had to park some distance away on a dark, city street. The play was good but we did have a hard time hearing the performers in our seating section. The crowd was tight and pushy as there was a mad rush to get to your car when it ended. Dinner was good, but not great. The waitress spilled a bit of it on Holly. When we got home, we fell into our easy chairs and exhaled a sigh of relief. We were glad to be home. For the next hour we watched our dogs play and chatted idly. As the evening slowly ticked away, Holly and I found that the real enjoyment had finally begun.

Enjoyment; how often do we really find what we’re looking for and feel we’ve gotten what we’ve pay for? It’s a question we need to ask ourselves––every day.

Here’s a story: Marvin Lacy teaches calligraphy. What makes that special is the great-grandfather of five suffers from Parkinson’s disease. The disease often makes his hands tremble. Though he has this disease, when Marvin sits down to create his works of calligraphy, his hands are suddenly stable and become still. Marvin says, “It’s a gift from God.” Lacy’s faith influences all that he does. He says, “The Lord is important in my life. I wouldn’t want to leave out that aspect of my life. One of the sayings I’ve put into calligraphy is a philosophy I picked up. ‘I will make that which I do today important. I am exchanging a day of my life for it.’” (Peter Kennedy, Copyright 2006)

Put Jesus Christ in the center of all that you do and you’ll never want for enjoyment. Thank God that He truly wants to give us an abundant, joyful life. William Law writes, “Receive every day as a resurrection from death, as a new enjoyment of life.” (William Law God’s Word) These days are always with us; they are resident in our souls. Often we look so hard for satisfaction in life that we ignore the fact that God has put it right where He planned to put it, always right there, within our grasp. It’s in the people and things around us; the simple things in which Christ himself dwells. Every day is an opportunity to rise above our problems and worries and explore the enjoyment God has put into each simple, Christ- blessed day.

We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to put Jesus at the center of our lives, even when we are so busy working, playing and just taking the time to relax and enjoy life. Remind us Lord that with Jesus as the central focus of our lives, we will enjoy a kind of peace and sense of hope that nothing else in life is able to give us. Let our satisfaction and purpose always be within Jesus so that every day we live on this earth becomes an opportunity to excel and rise above our problems, worries and cares as we explore the pure enjoyment that a godly life can give. We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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