By, Toni Smothers
Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 9:9-12
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Scripture Quote: “All share a common destiny--the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good, so with the sinful; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.” Ecclesiastes 9:2 (NIV)
Each day we face challenges, whether it be traffic jams, rebellious children, a seemingly endless pile up of work at the office, or illness, or any myriad of things that tax our ability to cope. We can sometimes feel like we are falling behind like we are just not fast enough, or good enough, or smart enough. It would be prudent then, to stop and see a different, more joyful perspective on our lives.
Instead of wondering how you will catch up with the specific demands on your life, slow down and realize that getting every last thing done doesn't make your heart any lighter. Thinking about the blessings surrounding your day can begin to show you what is and what just isn't that important.
The love of your heavenly Father, your cherished family, friends, and the simple fun you find in each day – all conspire to make life great. These are the truly important things. And while it's true that we will all die someday, as believers, we are also destined for the throne - joint heirs with Jesus Christ, our Savior, and friend. So, try spending much more time resting in simple gratitude.
Today’s meditation: Calmness flows from God.
Memory Verse: “Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalms 90:12 (NIV)