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Wednesday's Word: In With the Now

Wednesday's Word

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

In With the Now

Hello All,

Ever find yourself waiting to exhale? Hesitant to seize the day because of a pressing issue. It’s not to imply that you’re ungrateful; you realize that if you give any thought to the blessings in your life, you’d have to admit that although things could be better, they could also be worse. Much worse! However, in spite of that, something or things have positioned themselves between you and your perception of “smooth sailing”. It happens to all of us. I met a guy over the weekend and he shared that he and his long time girlfriend had both come into the relationship with a pet dog. Fast forward 10+ years and now, his dog is dead and hers’ is dying and they’re wondering what they will do AFTER that. I also met an older gentleman who’s new to the area from New Jersey and he’s waiting for his photography business to take off so he can….. That’s what I mean. We often find ourselves waiting for a life-changing turning point to usher in the next phase. At the moment, I’m waiting to close on a house so I can move in and all that’s entailed; hooking up electricity, water and cable so I can see what I’ll do AFTER that. Waiting for kids to go to college, or that new job to open up, or or or. Once one “or” is done, a few more “ors” take its place. Some expected, others not so much and these ors make it seem as if smooth sailing is just around the bend or a long ways off.

Ahhh…the ever elusive smooth sailing life, where ice cream taste better and the laundry is always folded and put away. I digress; this may not depict your anticipation or your reality. In light of the current matters in your life, they may not be blocking some sort of ethereal Nirvana type place. At the end of the day this isn't about NOT having a focus and an anticipation on our long term goals; all this really is, is an encouragement to not miss out on blessings of now because you're waiting on the blessings on the other side of a future event. There’s always going to be something significant on the horizon that’s rightfully enjoyable; a graduation/certification, new job, new location or moving into a new house, but why should that get in the way of Today? Ice cream TODAY would still be pretty darn good!

Here’s the Word:

Psalm 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Psalm 96:2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

Okay, so it’s only Wednesday and not our favorite FRIDAY. And even though we may have major weekend plans that we’re getting ready for, nothing is stopping us from making ‘Now’ all it can be. Count and rejoice in your blessings! As a matter of fact, today being Wednesday, it’s bang bang shrimp for $5.00 at Bonefish Grill. If you like the idea of spicy shrimp and you’ve never tried it, TODAY is the day you’ve been waiting for! Enjoy!

In Him,
Cros

1 Comments:

Blogger bcreed said...

Thanks, Cros. You are right. We really must learn to appreciate the moment. The advice I give to young parents is to enjoy every stage. Don't grieve for the past or pine for the future. But really, this advice is true for all of life; at least that's how it seems to me. Another thought I had about looking at those clouds on the horizon between me and smooth sailing is that those clouds also make an excuse for procrastinating. As in, "After the holidays, I'm going to get busy with this or that," or "When summer's over, I'll get started on that project." The problem is that when these clouds clear, others appear, and so we better just get at it right now.

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