I have been kind of low lately. I have been coping with losing a friend who happens to be family; with having no money for my subscription, with having no inspiration or desire to write, with waiting and praying for a miracle to happen, with even finding it difficult to pray at times, dealing with sin, my fallen state and my own human nature and inherent weakness.
I thought I had it real bad; fate must be dealing me a heavy hand. I decided to go online and read some inspirational stories, anything to boost my morale and lift up my spirits (there are really so many stories to read). Surely, my spirit was lifted, tears ran freely down my face, but it got me thinking and gave me something to write.
You think you have it bad but then someone somewhere has it worse. You think life is not fair but you are breathing without the aid of a machine but someone else has to be on life support because he or she cannot perform that seemingly easy task. We often take all the numerous blessings God has lavished on us for granted. You are not fighting cancer or dealing with a terminal illness and yet because you do not have money in your pocket you think the world or GOD is not treating you right.
I have food to eat, a place to rest my head. I had the opportunity to go to school in relative peace and tranquility, I do not think I have had to go without food or water for a day but most people never get the chance yet I sit and feel sorry for myself but then I forget that God has blessed me with a talent. We are often lured into thinking that our life situations are at its worst because things are not going the way we want it to go or because we do not get what we want but we forget that there are those who do not have the barest necessities of life.
I remember this poem from school and it says; “some have food but cannot, some can eat but have no food. We have food and we can eat, Thanks and Glory be to God Amen.” Instead of wallowing in self-pity and thinking of all the things, you do not have, why not thank God for all you have and more. Why not appreciate the fact that you are alive and healthy? Why not treat each day you have been given, as a special moment for every day you are alive is a special occasion? Why not mend the bridges of friendship before it is too late (I read somewhere that you should never leave your loved ones without loving words because it might be the last time you saw them)? Why not make every moment of your life count? Why not be the best you can be and let your light forth in a world with darkness?
We think we have so little to give but then if you cannot give out of the little that you have been given, what is the assurance that you will give out of your abundance. My friend left me with these words: “ Make Heaven, whatever you do, do not miss heaven and if you trust God He will never let you go.” He is gone from this world from a terminal illness and I pray He is in the arms of God now. He was a living testimony to the fact that no matter the odds life throws in your way; you should never give up. That life will not be easy is a foregone conclusion but that once there is life there is hope is something we should always remember. Life is a continuous battle and God will not leave us without the tools necessary to fight those battles.
I remember these words: ‘I shall only pass this way but once. Therefore any good that I can do or any kindness that I can show, let me do it now, let me not defer it, for I shall not pass this way again.’ You have but one life to live, you will not be back again so be the reason someone looks at life with a renewed sense of hope; the reason someone smiles and is ready to face a new day. Stop the self-pity and derision. You are worth more than the birds of the air and the fishes of the rivers. Touch lives wherever you can; it can be as little as the words you say or the little acts of kindness that you do. Preach Christ through your actions remember they say actions speak louder than words.
Face life with courage. Live each day as if it were your last. Do not procrastinate. Do what is right. Sing, laugh, live, love, smile and be happy. Every day, every hour, every minute, every second is truly a gift from God; treasure that gift.
Hope it got you to STOP AND THINK, and not just thinking but it made you see life in a whole new light.