Friday Devotion

I realize I don't live in some magical, put together world. A world where socks don’t go missing in the dryer, a world where a police officer would turn his head upon blowing through a red light or the glass tumbler doesn’t fall from the cupboard and shatter. It’s seldom, if ever a perfect world. It seems more evident now than ever! A world a far cry from streaming glitter and butterflies.

I have my Facebook feed to remind me I’m often not alone with sleepless nights, the bad days at work, the child who can't get it together, the headaches, the political indifferences and the lasagna you worked hard at, intended for dinner...but ultimately burned. The list of daily bouts and battles can often seem relentless!

Fortunately, with the help of God, (almost exactly 6 years ago), I somehow taught myself while standing vigil and holding the hand of a dying man that life is oh so precious!

Life..a balancing act of fragility and beauty! Life... as difficult, or as beautiful as you chose to make it. This “as you make it part” does not dismiss the annoyance of the boss (and no, before you go thinking it, I’m not referencing Steve), the sniffly nose, or the potent smelling man you were forced to sit next to on the city bus...Certainly we are human. Certainly we have good days that often follow bad days. It SHOULD be however, that we live in a world that wants to proclaim our joys, announce our good days and moments, as easily and excitedly as we do our burdens.

It can become too very easy to focus on the hardships rather than the happiness. It's as simple as saying "well, dang it! I might have burnt that lasagna for dinner, but we still sat as a family. We still ate. We still prayed. We certainly laughed. We still created a memory."

Life is fragile.

What you take away from moments, good and bad moments is yours. If your life glass breaks, what will sit amongst those shards? Your lasagna gone wrong, or the days you treasured?

Focus on the treasured moments.

Psalm 16:8-9

“I keep my eyes always on the LORD. With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure.”

The good news: God will always be present in your life and no matter how many dinners you burn, always remember that He is there for you and with you. That thought alone should bring you happiness and joy today!

Have a blessed and joy first weekend!