My friend, may I ask you a question? What are you looking for in life? Well, for most of us the answer is easy. We’re looking for good things and not bad. I guess that would sum it up pretty nicely? Yet, is it always true that our attitudes about and toward life reflect this?
My friend, Life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I'm Mark Brunner.
What are you looking for in life? Well, for most of us the answer is easy. We’re looking for good things and not bad. I guess that would sum it up pretty nicely? Yet, is it always true that our attitudes about and toward life reflect this? My grandfather always had something to say about life. Good or bad, he always said this: “It all depends upon what you are looking for when you get up in the morning. If you’re looking for trouble, you’ll find it!” He had a way of getting as each day started that reflected this philosophy. First thing out of bed, stretch. This got his body going. And the second thing was very important. After the stretch came a smile and reminder to himself that God loved him. That put his soul and spirit at ease. Grandpa Leo was looking for good things every day. It was a matter of attitude.
Here’s a story: Both the hummingbird and the vulture fly over our nation’s deserts. All vultures see is rotting meat, because that is what they look for. They thrive on that diet. But hummingbirds ignore the smelly flesh of dead animals. Instead, they look for the colorful blossoms of desert plants. The vultures live on what was. They live on the past. They fill themselves with what is dead and gone. But hummingbirds live on what is. They seek new life. They fill themselves with freshness and life. Each bird finds what it is looking for. We all do. (Steve Goodier, Quote Magazine, in Reader's Digest, May, 1990.)
There are a lot of bad things out there; things that are rotten and decaying. We see these things, those things which are hard not to see, like death, disease and corruption, all around us. If we choose, we can dwell on them. In time we will make them our own and we will, in that sense, find what we are looking for--the evidence of a world gone bad and a corrupted population. In a sense, they become our food. They fuel our criticism and the way that we look at the world around us. Or, we can choose to look for the good, the living and the fresh things that are happening every day around us. It takes courage to look over the bad in search for the good; to lay aside our prejudices and our anger in favor of what may be hard to see. To find the living among the dead we need to be looking forward and not back. If you are looking for trouble, you will find it.
We pray. Father, Life is filled with so many choices. Daily we are given the opportunity to choose to live in the past and make that our life now, or we can choose to live in the day with a hope for tomorrow and the freshness of what You have to offer us with each passing day. Forgive us Father when we try to find our hope in that which was instead of that which is and will be. Fill us Lord with Your Spirit, the Spirit of the freshness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. 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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