How was your Valentine's Day? The best part of mine came last night when I had dinner with my younger sister and her family, along with my son and my brother. Family is what it is all about, and I cannot spend enough time with mine. I cherish each moment knowing it could be our last. No, I am not a morbid person by any means, but I have lost enough in life to appreciate the moment I am in. I sure hope you do not have to endure a great deal in order to come to this realization. Tomorrow is not promised, and there are many out there who have suffered far greater losses than I could even imagine in order to arrive at this reality. Learn to dance in the rain ... find the gold nugget amongst the dirty coal ... seek His blessing in the midst of the storms. It is so difficult to do, but looking back over my life, Oh how I wish I had learned this long ago.
This morning when I was browsing through some things on my computer, it took everything I had to keep my mouth shut about a certain situation with a certain individual. This person comes off as so loving ... which I am sure they are ... but they are always highlighting the negatives in their life. I know for a fact that not long ago someone unexpectedly bestowed upon this person a blessing. I also know for a fact that this individual made no mention of this blessing and never EVER tried to reach out to find out who blessed them. They are so focused on what they do not have that they cannot see what they do have. What makes me keep my mouth shut? GOD!!! Yep, as I was thinking all of these things this morning ... as I have done repeatedly over the years with this same individual ... God said, "STOP! Remember when?" Ouch! He knows how to put you on the hot seat. Yes, I do remember ... I remember when I was this person! At one time in my life ... for the majority of my non-Christian walk ... I was so ungrateful in life. Yes, I came across as a very caring and appreciative person but I was not. Yes, I cared for others but I was not appreciative and my actions did not back up my 'caring' as much as my words did. I never ever want to forget who I was because then I would find myself judging others for who they are. We cannot do this! We have no right to judge because we always have more sawdust in our eyes than they have in theirs. We must love them ... never give up on them ... pray for them ... and continue to bless them even when it appears they are unappreciative of our efforts.
There is a person in my walk of life right now who I try to bless every opportunity I get. I know they think I am an idiot because they are so unkind to me at times. Many days I have to resort to a corner and pray for God's strength to continue in His kindness because in reality I want to match their choice words one-for-one or treat them as harshly as they treat others. I find myself saying, "This is it! I am finished!" I know I am not though as God will nudge me again to do something nice for this person, and I will. But you can bet it is not so I appear as anything more than I am ... someone who would rather glorify Him through my actions than to please my flesh and worry about what others think! Quite a tall order on some days. I sometimes fail in delivering on His timetable because I have to get over me first, but I always end up doing it His way. Some days I have to 'literally' grit my teeth through the whole process ... lol! What about you? Have you ever had to grit your teeth as you walked the road God led you on?
My hubby and son are outside in the snow with the snow blowers and shovels. I really thought these days were over for the year, but it is so beautiful outside. I am just thankful we had today off for a holiday. I pray everyone is safe out there, and we do not get any ice to prevent travels in the morning. I have a busy day tomorrow so we need favor!!!!
Enjoy the beautiful snow. Pray for the safety of others and count your many blessings! Again, "Life is not about waiting for the storm to pass ... it's about learning to dance in the rain!" I love that saying because it is exactly what we should be doing!