I love the mess to clean up after a get-together
because it means I have been surrounded by friends.
I love the lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning,
gutters that need fixing because it means I have a home.
I love the taxes I pay because it means I have a job,
I love the clothes that fit a little too snug
because it means I have enough to eat.
I love the spot I find at the far end of the parking lot
because it means I am capable of walking.
I love my huge AC bill in the summer
because it means I have stayed cool.
I love the lady behind me in church who sings off key
because it means that I can hear.
I love the piles of laundry
because it means my loved ones are near by.
I love weariness and aching muscles at the end of the day
because it means I have been productive.
I love another huge heating bill
because it means I am warm.
I love the alarm that goes off in the early morning hours
because it means I am alive!
When I read this I couldn't help but think of all of my nagging, complaining and fussing about "things" that happen. Sometimes not even realizing what I am complaining about! Things in my life that really are just "things"! Things that I could live without, things that I really don't need and that someone else could better use, things that take up my time and really don't accomplish much, things that are of no real benefit to me or those around me, things that at the moment seem so important but later when looking back I realize were nothing! Things tend to clutter up my life and keep my focus off of the most important things in life many times. I'm trying to downsize, reorganize, refocus, and de-clutter not only my home but more importantly my life. This means I must look at everything in my life in a totally different way! With God's help and "His" eyes, learn to "love" these "things" because of the deeper meaning of them. Learn to look beyond the surface to the real things - the real-deal. Learn to "love" those things I so quickly complain about! And learn to be truly "thankful" for all that comprises my "little" world! I can choose to look beyond and see that there really are important "things" to be thankful for in the midst of my circumstance, situations, trials, and blessings!
Am I really thankful for that early morning alarm that goes off at the break of dawn - when I could be snuggled under the warm covers and hit the snooze for the fourth time! Let me see, am I really???!!!
. . . Yes, I am because I AM ALIVE! Thank you, Lord!
(A thanksgiving psalm) On your feet now--applaud GOD! Bring a gift of laughter, sing yourselves into his presence. Know this: GOD is God, and God, GOD. He made us; we didn't make him. We're his people, his well-tended sheep. Enter with the password: "Thank you!" Make yourselves at home, talking praise. Thank him. Worship him. For GOD is sheer beauty, all-generous in love, loyal always and ever. ~Psalm 100:1-5 (Message)