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Monday, August 6, 2012

August 6: Take Nothing for Granted


NOTE TO SELF: Oh, how I love this scripture! It’s about ready to happen. God’s going to wrap this thing up for us. Soon, and very soon, it’ll all be over and God’s glory will reign. Every knee will bow and every tongue will confess.

Sorry. I got carried away. I get a bit giddy over the idea that Christ is going to return someday. I pray it’s in my lifetime, but if not, I’m just happy to know that my life is in God’s mighty hands.

So take nothing for granted. Nothing!

It’s so easy to take the little things in life for granted. One of the things my husband finds most endearing about me is how I find joy in the simple things in life. We received free desserts from Chick-Fil-A last week and I was filled with joy. My husband was confused as to why I was moved to tears. Let me tell you why the little things matter.

Don’t just look at it as something small. Look behind it. Look at the motives. Look at the heart of the matter. Stop looking on the surface. I received free, warm, gooey cookies. That alone should have made me jump for joy, okay? But this manager went beyond that. She told us that there were many supporters that came in that day (it was the day before the appreciation day), but there was just something about us that compelled her to do something nice for us to show US support! (I could cry just thinking about it again!) When we did show up the next day, and waited an hour and half to order or food, she was there and saw us. In the midst of her incredible chaos, she took a second to embrace me and thank us for showing up again!

The cookie was great, but looking behind the scenes of the story of my free cookie is what makes life amazing! Therefore, I refuse to take anything for granted. Nothing!

PRAYER: Lord Jesus, open our eyes to the beauty that surrounds us in the here and now, for one day soon You’ll be wrapping it all up and it will be gone. Although we’ll be in a better place, help us to appreciate what You’ve given to us in the meantime. Amen.

JOURNAL: Describe the simple things in life that you may have been taking for granted.

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