A Gift?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Is old age in some ways like a bank account?You withdraw from what you’ve put in? Perhaps the best advice would be to deposit a lot of happiness in that “bank account of memories now, choosing today to bank enough happiness for the days to come?

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

Since the beginning of our marriage, Holly has always done the bills. She has a unique way of making sure that funds are there when it comes time to make the payments on a purchase or a bill. She writes out the check and dates it for the date when the bill is due. She places the check in a crisp, white envelope and then pins it to the bulletin board above her desk. We recently purchased a microwave. Each month, for a year, she deposited a check inside the envelope marked “microwave.” When the bill came due, she already had the amount due subtracted from her checking account. All she needed to do was write out the check for the amount on the slips and send in the payment. Like a squirrel stashing away supplies for a winter day, Holly always has little accounts stashed everywhere to cover costs when they come due.

As Holly chooses to prepare for each expense, we as Christians ought to prepare our hearts for what life might bring.

Here’s a story: After many hours of waiting patiently in the lobby of the nursing home, a 92-year-old, petite, lady smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator, she was provided with a visual description of her tiny room, including the eyelet sheets that had been hung on her window. “I love it,” she stated with the enthusiasm. “Mrs. Jones,” the attendant responded. “You haven’t seen the room yet.” “That doesn’t have anything to do with it,” she replied. “Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. It’s how I arrange my mind. I already decided to love it. “It’s a decision I make every morning when I wake up. Each day is a gift, and as long as my eyes open I’ll focus on the new day and all the happy memories I’ve stored away – just for this time in my life.” (Author unknown)

What a wonderful way to begin the day, depending on Christ and “seeking those things which are above.” (Colossians 3:1) Old age is like a bank account. You withdraw from what you’ve put in. So, my advice to you would be to deposit a lot of happiness in that “bank account of memories.” Choose today to bank enough happiness for the days to come. Just like Holly’s mini accounts, there will come a time when you need what you’ve put away and it’s good to have it there. Every day IS a gift when we choose to love each one for what they are–uniquely chosen by God and custom fit to His purposes.

We pray. Dear Father, I come to You in total expectation of the best. I believe in miracles because I believe in You. I cooperate with You by holding in my human mind the very best outcome. I do not come to You in desperation, but in gratitude and excitement of the result given to me ahead of any need. I live my days in prayer and my days bless me. I go to You first each day to prepare my human mind for the blessed life. I live my moments, day by day, in positive expectation and overflowing gratitude as I witness and take part in the miraculous results. I believe that spiritual power is the most important activity that I can take part in. I give myself to it, and it gives its power to me. I am grateful and thankful for every moment spent in sacred prayer. 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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