Monday, February 28, 2011

Have You Been Selfish Today?

Hey there,

How’s your day going? Did your day start well? About like this:
           
            Dear God,
           
            So far today
            I’ve done all right.
            I haven’t gossiped;
            I haven’t lost my temper;
            I haven’t lied or cheated.
            I haven’t been greedy, grumpy,
            Nasty, selfish, or over-indulgent.
            I am very thankful for that.
            But in a few minutes, Lord,
            I’m going to get out of bed,
            And from then on, I’m probably
            Going to need a lot more help!

            Amen

And Amen! Sometimes when we plant our feet on the floor first thing in the morning the world smacks us up side of the head. The to-do list from yesterday isn’t finished and today’s list has to be added to it. What to think about doing first?

When someone complains about their lot in life I’ve heard others say that God didn’t promise us a rose garden. Do you want a rose garden? Sure, the aroma is bliss, the colors are pleasing, and the petals feel like pure velvet. But during admiration of our roses we sometimes forget to watch out for the thorns mixed among the beauty.

That’s a little like life. We coast along while all things are good and then we hit a stumbling block. It’s one step forward and two steps backward. Enough to make a person feel like a failure and want to just give up.
  • "Failure is not falling down but refusing to get up.” —Chinese Proverb
So, every morning let’s put our feet on the floor and get going. So what if stuff gets in our way and things don’t go exactly as planned? Spread a smile on your face and keep trying. In what some people call the Love Chapter in the Bible (1 Corinthians 13) the writer mentions three important things—faith, hope, and love. What an endorsement for having hope!
  • How do you motivate yourself to keep going and not give up?

Till next time … keep on smiling.

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