Today, tomorrow, someday. In the end, it is not where we have traveled, but who we have influenced that matters. Our journey is comprised of the routine; problems, solutions, victories and defeats. Through all of this, our actions, words or silence are observed my a nearly infinite number of eyes. Do we leave a lasting positive impression? Have we cause a pause in someone’s life that changes their course for the better? We will find out someday when the video is replayed at our heavenly home.
The answer might seem to be good intentions. Not a great or durable driving surface for a car or life. Good intentions can be misinterpreted. Good intentions can lead to disappointment. Good intentions are the stuff over promise and under deliver is made from. Good intentions are words not actions.
What is a better pavement? Actions. Live your road with actions. Which are intentions fulfilled.
Food for thought. Over scheduled, wanting something for others that they don’t want with the same conviction, is really nothing more that good intentions with a false premise.
Think before you intend. It will save a ton of wasted energy.
Here we are at the end of December. The decade is over and the new year brings promise as well as a darkness of what at times feels like uncharted waters. Life is fast. Moving at speeds that we could never have conceived when we were young. Technology, globalization, a society that seems to care less about each other than about fighting over differences. A great country, lost in an identity crisis. But, throughout history, one constant has existed. The promise of salvation, God’s grace and divine guidance. But the world has seemingly discarded this great gift. We, like in the times of Christ’s birth, have become fragmented. Government grows larger and more controlling, and we go through the motions of our lives without much hope of change. Don’t say Merry Christmas because you might offend someone. Assimilate to cultural pressures or be ostracized. Life appears to be headed to the abyss.
But there is a glorious hope. A spirit of strength. A freely given gift from our Creator. In a broken world, full of sin, hatred, jealousy and lust is the hope of forgiveness, unconditional love and eternal life. This hope was born in a lowly community, in times of distress, government control and discord. People were searching for the promised Messiah. The One God had foretold of throughout the Old Testament. We have the pure blessing of knowing that our Savior has been sent. Forgiveness and love assured.
In these times of great upheaval, just like the time when Christ came into the world, we have the choice to turn from the hatred and head to the Light of the World. The story, passed down for generations, prophesied in the Old Testament and came to pass some 2,000+ years ago is a simple and straight forward message. All it takes is the faith the size of a mustard seed. Seems easy. I encourage you to find the faith to seek out the true meaning of this Christmas time of year. Head into the next decade with peace.
Thanksgiving. An American tradition. Massive meals, prequel to ridiculous shopping, hectic travel and the darkness of isolation. What? Yes, isolation. Busyness, the true escape from reality. We surround ourselves with people, work feverishly to clean, cook, make small talk, shop, fight crowds and in the end can be exhausted physically and emotionally. Sound like insanity repeated year after year.
A different perspective? A pathway out. The name of the holiday is the definition of the way out of darkness and insanity. Thanksgiving, gratitude, giving, reflecting on the infinite blessings poured on us. I know if I reflect, I could write a gratitude list a mile long. A sample would be, the color orange, sunrise, sunset, clothing, food, shelter, faith, forgiveness, sobriety, the gym, kids, new friends and on and on.
Instead of living in the cycles that pull us into our darkness, focus daily on the blessings. Write them down. Savor the moment. Thank our Creator for your calling and gifts. It can be liberating.
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