In life so many of us have become accustomed to our daily routines that we miss out on enjoying and relishing the beauty that each new day offers us. We rush from one job to another, from one appointment to another, from one engagement to another as if we are on autopilot and we don't realize how our precious time is passing us by without us truly enjoying every moment of it. That is why I believe we should take the time to see what we have been missing, to enjoy now what we have rushed past before and to simply allow ourselves to be in the moment because we don't know when it may be our last opportunity to simply enjoy today. (1 Peter 3:8-12) (James 4:14)
If you have been rushing through your days, I encourage you to slow down and see what you have been missing. Spend time with those who mean the most to you. Focus on the beauty that surrounds you and make an extra effort to laugh more, smile more, be in awe more and appreciate the simple things that make life so wonderful. Don't allow yourself to live in regret because you didn't take the time to enjoy the simple things when you had the chance, but live your life future minded knowing that these days are the best days of your life. Enjoy them, bless them, relish them and in your future you will look back on these days with the fondest of memories. (Proverbs 15:13) (Proverbs 17:22)
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to see the beauty of God's creation anew and enjoy to the best of your ability what He has freely given us.
A WINTER SUNRISE
God gave us the most glorious Winter sunrise this morning. The huge clouds seemed to float majestically across the entire sky. The reds, pinks, purples, and yellows mixed together to create a beautiful, joyous, and uplifting sight for the eyes, mind, heart, and soul. Birds flew silently and peacefully across the Heavens and the entire world seemed to be quietly rejoicing in the love and care God put into this morning light.
It was so fantastic and so heartwarming; a sight that I couldn't stand to just watch it through the windows of my heated home. I wanted to be out there surrounded by it. I quickly pulled on my coat and stepped out on my porch. I looked up to the Heavens with a smile on my face. I breathed in deeply the icy, morning air. I felt my heart beating with happiness, my mind filling with peace, and my soul dancing with delight. I thanked God for this wonderful gift of beauty, love and joy and for the gift of my life as well.
I read the other day that many people see only one sunrise in a thousand. It saddened me to think that these gifts from God, given every morning, were being missed by so many. It made me think of all the other gifts from God that we miss, reject, or ignore as well. The arms on our bodies are wonderful gifts, but we rarely use them to hug another. Our voices are fantastic gifts, but we use them to laugh and sing far less than we could. We don't use our teeth to smile enough, our feet to dance enough, and our eyes to see enough either. This is why we miss so many sunrises and this is why we miss so much love and joy as well.
Don't miss out on God's gifts then. Don't miss out on the opportunities God gives us every day. Seize them. Rejoice in them. Watch a sunrise with them. Do good with them. Share love and joy with them. And use them to always grow closer to the One who gave them.
By Joseph J. Mazzella
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 18:30-33 “As for God, His way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: He is a buckler to all those that trust in Him. For who is God save the LORD? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet, and setteth me upon my high places.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
Psalm 8:3-6 “When I consider Thy heavens, the work of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained; What is man, that Thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that Thou visitest him? For Thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of Thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet.”
Psalm 34:1-4 “I will bless the LORD at all times: His praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt His name together. I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today's Selected Poem: WHEN JESUS LOOKS
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Today's Selected Testimony: OUT OF DARKNESS
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry