I am preaching to myself. I tend to need that reminder more often then I care to admit. My blessings are many. I am married to my very best friend, and could think of no place I would rather be. I have a wonderful healthy little girl, a blessing, but sometimes the little things that go wrong can throw me for a loop.
I stress a lot. I don't think I am alone in this. I am work in progress. God's still tending His garden in me. We had a financial crisis just recently and it threw me for a loop and thrust us into a curve. But in this day and age, we are in less straights than many. So it's a blessing. We have been blessed and I know this. My heart is joyful for the blessings, I just have to learn to relax more.
We are told to be thankful, and to praise in all things. Christian or not, one can see the wisdom in this, but I think today's world overlooks so much and we all place such big expectations on ourselves. We have to keep up with the Jones' and they are struggling to keep up with the Smith's and the cycle goes on. So while we are trying our best to keep up, no one is really looking at where they are going. I think that is what's happened with our current economy. Now so many of us are just treading water. What happened to each of us being happy? When did it change? I know for Sarah she doesn't care what others have, why can't we all be like children and when does this stop being the case? What makes us stop being truly happy just being happy? When does the bullying start? When do people start comparing haves and have nots? AND the biggest question: How do we stop the cycle and tend to our garden better?
God has blessed me so much. He has brought all sorts of people into my life to show me about compassion, love and how we are suppose to behave toward (or treat) those that we know and don't know. I fail, and just when I am at the edge, something will happen to remind me. Someone I know or someone I don't know will befriend me and show me what loving each other (as we are told to do) is all about. I really hope I can and am passing this on to Sarah. It's all about passing that love forward, and it's one thing I hope we can pass on to Sarah. It's worth more than all the material goods in the world. For her to know Jesus as her King and for her to be sweet, respectful and treat others as she would like to be treated.
In 2011, I hope to explore this question in myself and share with the gentle readers. It's going to be a journey in the year ahead.
My wish for you all, is that as your year comes to a close that you find your focus on the love and joy you have in your life.
Much love as we all go forward into 2011.