Happy Friday to you all!
How are you today? What’s going on in your personal world today?
Well… whatever it is, I hope you have a good day, filled with energy and purpose. I pray you have good clarity for what needs your attention today, and peace in the decisions that must be made. I pray you have strength and good health to meet your obligations today, and friendship, love and/or companionship to help along the way.
Most of all, I pray you have sweet communion with the One who made you and created you, for all things good; who knew you and loved you, before you were even born.
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you;” (Jeremiah 1:5)
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with loving-kindness.” (Jeremiah 31:3)
I know, I can hear you saying it. These days it does seem particularly hard to rise with a good, positive attitude and be upbeat & hopeful for the day. I know. With the “war on terror,” mean-spirited politics, flailing economy, job losses, etc, it’s hard to find much to celebrate in the news, isn’t it? And frankly, most of us are pretty stressed out with trying to provide for our families, right? Yikes, so much negative emotion going on!
Well, let’s take this moment to regroup, to recharge – as I pray peace for you today. Wherever you are, I pray that you’ll feel God’s peaceful presence with you, giving you energy and discernment for the things that truly matter, whatever they may be in your life, and help you let go of the things that don’t.
Let’s just let down and de-stress – for a moment.
Okay, think about when you were young, did you ever find a shiny penny, a pretty little rock or seashell, some little item that was a special little treasure to you? Remember that feeling, that excitement in finding, in holding that little treasure? I pray today that you find a special little treasure – a feeling, an emotion, a relationship, a trinket, a friend, a memory – that brings a smile to your face, a joy to your heart, like that special little treasure when you were young. I pray for something or someone to be that special little treasure in your day.
See what you can find in your day today, to be that awesome little treasure, bringing a little piece of positive joy to brighten your day. Even if it’s just a happy memory hidden in your heart. Find it, pull it out and live it again!
And if you’re able, I invite you to go out and be a special little treasure for someone else today – or how about this weekend? Take a moment, an hour, a day – whatever you can, and give a compliment, open a door, buy a cup of coffee, help a friend – or even a stranger. Try making a positive difference in someone else’s life. You might just feel a little piece of joy stick you right in the heart. (grin)
For it is written,
Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. Philippians 4:8 (NASB)
Or in today’s words: Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. (Philippians 4:8-9 The Message)
So, for today, for this weekend, let’s take a time out from all the wars, the anger, the backbiting and cursing going on everywhere. Let’s instead, find or be a treasure! How about it? Are you in? Let’s make a pact to concentrate on positive thinking today. Let’s dwell on the good things in our lives and some good things we can do or get involved in around us. (Remember that “thinking of you” card you were going to send? Or that caring phone call you were going to make, or neighbor’s lawn you were going to mow, or invite to lunch, or helping chore you were going to do? Or how about that prayer you were going to say? Ooooooohhhhh. Or maybe that book you were going to read, that walk in the garden, or church you were going to check out?)
Well, today’s the day!
Let’s set our hearts and our heart-longings on things that really matter, things that truly might make a difference, in our lives, or someone else’s. Let’s forget about all the haters and hate-filled stuff going on and instead fill our minds and words with affirmation and kindness. Let’s find the positive instead of the negative. Let’s try to build up instead of tear down.
Let’s ourselves be a special little treasure today.
Come on and join me? Let’s do this!