Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Gift of an Ordinary Day

In many ways, it was just an ordinary day. In other ways, it was full of extraordinary happenings.

I woke up at the usual time. I got dressed, ate breakfast, and spent some time reading God’s word. I went to work, answered emails and phone calls, spent time with various members of my team, then prepared for a few meetings. I took a phone call from one of my kids during my break, and texted with another.


At the end of the work day I went home, ate dinner with my husband, read a little, and watched a little TV. About 10:00 I went to bed.

All in all, it was a pretty ordinary day.

What a gift. What an extraordinarily wonderful gift of a day!

I got to wake up next to my husband; rested and ready for the day. I got to spend time with the God of the universe as His peace and perspective and hope once again settled into my heart.

I got to go to a job that I dearly love, working with people I care about, for a cause I am passionate about, serving the One who called me to it. And I get paid!

I got to connect with family, who are second in priority to me right behind the Lord. All seven kids and 9 ½ grandkids are healthy and strong and doing well. My heart hurts when my family hurts, and it is full when I hear their voices sounding content. This day, it was full indeed.

Food tasted good, and there was a rich sweetness to the rhythm of the day. I laughed. I learned. I enjoyed. I loved. I lived!

It was the gift of an ordinary day, full of treasures to be savored.

And it is a gift that I do not take lightly.

Enjoy the little things in life…for one day you’ll look back and realize they were the big things.                                                                                                               Pinterest quote

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.               James 1:17

Further reflection:

  1. Stop and reflect: do you tend to take your life for granted?
  2. Make a list of those everyday blessings that it’s easy to take for granted.
  3. Spend some time praying through your list, thanking God for the gift of ordinary.

Father, You are the giver of every good and perfect gift. The little things, they are what make up the pattern and richness of life. Forgive me when I take such things for granted, for they are what I would miss most should they be gone.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, Chris, for this reminder. I've been trying to stop and savor the moment more often during the day... the trick is remembering to do it. We have so much to appreciate and be thankful for! And no matter what kind of day we're having, Jesus is on the throne - Praise God!