"Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain a heart of wisdom".
Psalms 90:12 NIV
Life gets so full and hectic that we often take our existence for granted and forget just how precious life
is. We allow stress and the little things that confront us to steal our peace and we begin to wonder why we aren't
happy. Maybe someone says something to upset us or something at work doesn't go quite the way we think it
should, or maybe someone is driving too slowly as we hurry to get to our destination. All of these
things can cause us to lose focus on what is really important in the big scheme of things. Life is a gift, and if we
focus on what's wrong in our lives, we will miss all the beauty that God has given us, and the wonder that life itself
has to offer.
God has given us so many blessings, things to fill our lives with joy, and our
hearts with pleasure... family, friends, people who encourage us and lift us up... all the beautiful sights and
sounds of nature, a bird singing, a flower blooming. God has given
us so much. The world is full of His glory, and all we have to do is look, to see His handiwork. His love is all
around us. It's in the moon, the stars, the ocean waves, and a baby's cry. Everywhere I look, God IS. Yet,
sometimes in the midst of it all, things of life get in the way and we forget. We forget the magic we felt the first
time we saw a firefly light up a 4th of July night, the wonder of the Virgin birth as the lights adorn the streets of Christmas,
and the value of a moment spent to brighten someone else's day, just by letting them know we care.
Christmas is upon us and as we celebrate the most precious gift of all, Jesus
Christ, let us also celebrate the other gifts in our life, least of which is life itself. Don't let the beauty of life
pass you by. Never miss an opportunity to tell those you love how you feel about them, and never let them forget their
worth. Life has gotten so fast, and sometimes it's hard to remember a time when things were quiet and not so hectic.
Yet, regardless of the chaotic lifestyles we lead, God can restore peace to our hearts and give us that calm in the midst
of the storm. Socrates once said, "One word frees us of all the weight and pain of life. That word is love."
God and love are the two most powerful forces in the universe; and, when God is at the center of that love, we have the perfect
recipe for peace.
We are each allotted a certain amount of time to enjoy the beauty of
the earth and the blessings God has given us. Don't misuse your time on earth. Don't waste one precious moment. David
asked God "Teach us to number our days", or rather to teach us to value every moment we are given. I
pray that each and every one of us will keep our lives in proper perspective, and I pray that God
will grant us the wisdom to use and enjoy each day to the fullest. As we do, we will draw closer to God and He
will bestow upon us the full blessing that He has for us, each and every day.
we thank you for the life. Teach us wisdom Lord, to keep our lives in proper perspective and to value each moment we
are given. Let us focus on our blessings rather than on the things that disrupt our days and may we never
forget what a precious gift you have given us. May we always find our comfort in you, and may we find joy
in the little things, taking nothing for granted. Thank you Father for the gift of Your Son, Jesus, and when
the Christmas season is over, may the peace and love of the holiday carry forward throughout the coming year. In
Jesus Name I pray. Amen.
to Warm the Heart and Touch the Soul:
at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
the blood shed for me
White is for my Saviour
Who's sinless and pure!
"J" is for Jesus, My Lord, that's for sure!
Turn it around
And a staff
you will see
Jesus my Shepherd
Was born for Me!