My life is so very blessed! I find myself in constant amazement at God's goodness and generosity with me. He has filled my life with abundance. The foundational gift for all that is wonderful in my life is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Coming to know Him and striving to be like Him, fills my life with purpose, clarity and focus. In today's world, it is so easy to get sidetracked from the things which really matter... the things which bring lasting peace and satisfaction. To-do lists can quickly take over and suffocate out any joy our Father waits to bless us with.
As I view my days through the lens of eternity, those precious things which really matter, become the priority for how I use my time. What are my priorities? Relationships. My relationship with my Father and His Son. My relationship with my husband and my babes. My relationship with those He has blessed me to have association with.
Several years ago a good friend suggested to me that at the start of each day, as I organize my list of things to accomplish... that I should prayerfully identify my purpose for the day and place that at the top of my list... before even the first task. She then suggested that as I work through my daily chores I keep in my focus that number one priority.
Though I don't physically write out a to-do list, mentally, this exercise has created a powerful and freeing image in my mind. Everything I do must contribute to that purpose and nothing I do should detract from it. Over time my Father has helped me develop a deep sense of clarity as to what my number one priority for each day must be. He has helped me recognize that EVERYTHING I do is secondary to qualifying for His Spirit. This requires constant, even fierce focus and effort. As I do my part though and ask Him to lead and guide each word I speak and each thing I do... a beautiful thing happens. I become an instrument in His hands in behalf of each person with whom I associate, particularly Todd and my children.
Clearly... I haven't perfected this skill just yet, but one of the beautiful fruits of this effort is the feeling of hope, in HIM, that I will eventually get there. In the mean time, He blesses me with sweet confirmation that my efforts are enough... once again... because of HIS goodness and mercy.
I literally, "stand all amazed at the love Jesus offers me". His example of patience and gentleness are inspirational to me! His peace is incomparable! His mercy and love... incomprehensible!
Isn't it beautiful that we have a season to give thanks for our many blessings? Isn't it wonderful that from here we move into a season of celebration of the ultimate gift which makes all of that possible? I invite you to prayerfully consider what it is that He sent you here to do and then to let nothing, no matter how big or small, get in your way of fulfilling that purpose. He undoubtedly has an amazing work for YOU which no one else can do! As we enter this time of year... may our days be filled with reflection on His perfect love for each of us individually. May we then move forward to extend that love to each and every person with whom we associate. He waits to bless us in our efforts!