Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Birthdays and Getting Perspective
Well, God has given me a bit of perspective. You know, the kind that slaps you right in the face and you realize that maybe your priorities are a bit screwed up. Since this big birthday, I have begun to think of the many things I do have to be thankful for. For starters, I have faced death not once, but twice and God has said that it wasn't my time. He has given me this day, the only day I'm promised, the here and now. It's what I do with it that counts. I also have some amazing people in my life that have given words of encouragement. As I have talked to friends about my struggle with getting older, God has given me some words. The message has been delivered in many different ways but I leave the conversations with the same thought: Bloom Where You're Planted. I have come to realize that God doesn't expect every day to be some dramatic experience. It's the little things I do each day that make up my life's story. Raising Godly children, taking care of my family, nurturing other children through the preschool, being a good listener when people need to talk and offering encouragement. These are all things I can do to further God's kingdom and they are what's important.
So with a renewed perspective and a thankful heart, I choose to live in the now, to be thankful for my family and for where God has placed me in this moment. I will be working toward crossing things off of my bucket list and being thankful for life's interruptions which are opportunities for ministry. I'm going to start on my book and see where God leads. The first 35 years have gone by pretty quickly, so I'd better make the most of the next 35 +.