Modern-day-living. What does your day consist of? Is it filled with lots of tasks, people to see, places to go, things to do?
Sometimes we just rush past life. Think a bit about your day: today, or yesterday, or this past week. Did you enjoy it? Was it exciting?
One thing that I have learnt this year is that we must enjoy life. It is short. If I am old one day I want to look back on all the things I did and not all the things I wanted to do, but never tried. I believe we must make the most of everyday. I don’t mean we should attempt to climb Kilimanjaro everyday, but we must enjoy the path we are walking on. Look around at your surroundings. What do you see? Smile at someone you don’t know. Smell the flowers. Take a breath while sitting next to a river. Gaze upon the beauty of nature.
Be thankful. The Lord delights in us when we are thankful, because we appreciate what He has done for us. Paul found something in the Lord that satisfied him the way nothing else would ever satisfy him. God’s love, His unfailing love. He knew that God is faithful and that He always stays the same. I think this is why he wrote this next verse while he was in prison.
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” – Philippians 4:4-6 (emphasis added)
This verse has so much that we can take out of it, but what I want to emphasize is that we should always be thankful.
A while back I read Psalm 90. The title under it reads: “A prayer of Moses the man of God.” In this Psalm he speaks to the Lord about how short our lives are.
“Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days. Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us, for as many years as we have seen trouble. May your deeds be shown to your servants, your splendor to their children. May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us— yes, establish the work of our hands” – Psalm 90:14-17
This made me realize that we can rejoice in the Lord everyday. It is His unfailing love that satisfies every part of us. It fills us so that we may sing of His wonderous works and make His name known among men. He establishes our paths before us.
Go out this week and gaze upon the beauty of the Lord. I promise you that it will be impossible not to find Him!
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” – Matthew 7:7