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After you wake up tomorrow morning, while you’re sipping that first cup of coffee, step outside.

What do you see? What do you experience?

At first, maybe not much, or not much that’s good.

Another day, another grind. Sun’s out. Going to be hot and humid and miserable again. There’s that geezer Mr. Hoboken across the street, in his ridiculous robe and house shoes, stooping over to get his newspaper. Wonder he doesn’t keel over right there in his driveway.

A gnat goes in your ear. You swat at the gnat. Coffee splashes on your hand. You say something you shouldn’t. You retreat inside, in a sour mood.

Now, let’s rewind. You step outside.

Birds are singing. A gentle breeze sweeps across your face. A just-risen sun casts a glowing warmth across your front yard, streaking it in bands of light and shadow. You smile and wave to your neighbor.

It’s the same scene. The only difference is your attitude and outlook.

Instead of constantly complaining, criticizing, and stressing, we should thank God for the blessings He’s given us.

I woke up. I’m alive. Thank you, God, for the gift of another day. Thank you for the beauty of your creation. From the smallest creatures to the sunshine and the shade of these big, green trees. Thank you for my ability to see, walk, hear, and feel. Thank you I have food to eat and people to share it with.

Thank you, God, for your protection, comfort, and blessings. Everything I have, everything I see around me, is a gift from you. From the precious gift of your Son to the children you gave me, your gifts are priceless and boundless. Your mercy and grace are amazing.

Help me find a way today to give a gift to someone who needs it – whether just a word of encouragement or friendly greeting, something I create and share using the talents you gave me, or something else. Help me be aware of these opportunities as they cross my path. Open my heart and eyes. Let me discern Your plan, walk the path You’ve set before me, and glorify You in all I do. And please help me have a servant attitude today, like Christ.

What a difference a different perspective makes. Pausing to become cognizant of and reflect on the gift of life itself and God’s amazing blessings humbles, energizes, and inspires us. It will make the difference between a superficial and mostly wasted day and a day filled with spiritual energy and accomplishments (and maybe an incredible story from “gifting it forward”).


2 Corinthians 1:3-4:

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

(NIV/copyright 2011 Biblica, Inc.)






Copyright 2020 James Wallace



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