My friend’s faith was established in her from the time she was a child. Throughout her life, it was a constant and when she faced difficulty; her faith was there to help her through. Those of you who know me long enough or well enough know that I was not raised that way. For a long time, I pooh-poohed people like my friend, dismissing them as somehow weaker for having a Higher Power, like “God,” guide them. As I got older and wiser, outgrowing the “angry young (wo)man” identity, I realized that I was jealous of these people. I wanted the unconditional love and acceptance that they had. As I grew wiser still, I realized that I had it all along within me. Since coming to this realization, my life has not been perfect. Last year was the toughest of my life, in fact. But I did not fall apart (at least not for too long).
I am not ashamed to tell you that I live each day with Gratitude for each day the Universe has given me; not just the happy days or prosperous days or easy days but for the days that come with pain and loss and adversity. I have been given a life filled with people who care for me, the capacity to love them back, a sense of humor that has helped me and others around me enjoy good times to their fullest and carry me and others around me through some of our toughest times. I am strong. That is no accident. It is a gift. For that and so much more, I am grateful.
What’s on your gratitude list?
PS: Here is the e-mail I got that prompted this morning meditation:
I don’t have time for this.
Then, I realized that this kind of thinking is exactly what has caused lot of the problems in our world today.
Maybe, Sunday night…
The unlikely event of a midweek service…
Or even no church service at all.
and, of course, at funerals.
We don’t have time or room
for Him during work or play…
Because that’s the part of our lives we think we can — and should — handle on our own.
yet we forward all of the nasty ones?
Isn’t it funny how simple it is for people to trash God,
then wonder why the world is going to Hell.
Isn’t it funny how you can send a thousand jokes through e-mail and they spread like wildfire,
but when you start sending messages regarding the Lord, people think twice about sharing?
Isn’t it funny how when you forward this message, you will not send it to many on your address list
because you’re not sure what they believe
or what they will think of you for sending it to them.
Isn’t it funny how I can be more worried about what other people think of me
than what God thinks of me.
Jesus said, “If you are ashamed of me, I will be ashamed of you before my Father.”
He keeps me functioning each and every day. Without Him, I will be nothing. But with Him, HE strengthens me. (Philistines 4:13)