Hi, all. I am posting today about what’s going on with me. I have been dealing with some medical issues, from having a mini-stroke in March to having major carotid artery surgery last week. I have accepted the realization that you don’t go to the hospital to get rest, you go so that you can healthier to be able to rest when you get back home.
Today I write to not only encourage others but myself as well. There are times when things happen in our lives to help us refocus. Self-care is important and even with that, aging does appear to shoot darts at us. Truly living is not about blame or shame, it’s about apppreciating life every day. It’s about learning how to live and not just striving everyday to acquire levels and accolades.
As I write this, I am faced with how easy it is to become overtaken by the chaos, by the misperception that achievement is all there is. What comes to mind is the Scripture “Now godliness with contentment is great gain.” (1 Timothy 6:6)
I may be amiss here, but I would venture to ask, have we forgotten how to live? Enjoy the moments, whether sitting in the backyard and enjoying the breeze, or the early morning cup of coffee with silence and the aroma engaging our sense of smell; even thanking God for just that moment of being. Being present, whether it’s the coffee, the meal, the grandkids, or even a really good book, I just want to encourage you today, live for today.
Jesus says He came that we may have abundant life. “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they have it more abundantly.” (John 10:10) This abundant life is not about things and busyness, but about living out your purpose to serve God and others. Be present with those you love, including yourself.