Ok .. so Occasionally I have days where I feel victorious, triumphant .. like I have achieved ….
It’s a lovely feeling and not-so-secretly .. I would like it to happen more often.
These last few days have been just that .. days of triumph… not in the way you might expect though ..
I haven’t won any awards or made the evening news by completing some super-human feat ..
No – rather – I have triumphed in the everyday .. A special overnight visit with my grandson. A hug and a smoochy kiss from my granddaughter (and another most welcoming-I-am-happy-to-see-you hug from my niece) ..
A celebration with my church family as we undergo some amazing changes.
AND today – I am thankful that I learned how to use my home alarm system .. (after a rather loud experiment with setting it a few weeks ago – it had to be disconnected till the service man was able to teach me how to set it for myself)..
How about you ??? What happens in your day that gives you a sense of having achieved ? Reading the kiddies a bedtime story ? Or observing them playing with each other for five minutes without fighting ?
A cup of coffee – either alone in peace or shared with a special friend ? A family gathering ? or the fact that this week you could pay the bills ?
You see I have discovered that joy is really found in the unexpected places .. life doesn’t have to be buzzing with excitement for me to experience happiness and contentment ..
For me just being able to tick a few things off my To-Do list brings a sense of satisfaction ..
Then there’s the little pleasures that bring a smile to our faces ..
I fed a Kookaburra .. patted the dogs … ate something that I really enjoyed .. listened to someone who needed an ear .. prayed … read God’s word ..
I am trying to be thankful for all of the good things that I am blessed with – and it’s not always easy.
So .. when I am tempted by the stresses of the everyday .. work, irritations, too many things to do .. I will try and focus on the good .. not in a trite or forced way – but by allowing God to jog my memory with His truth ..
That this life is not all there is .. that I don’t have to be happy all of the time to be content .. that the crappy days make me appreciate the not so crappy ones ..
I can’t say it any better than Paul did in Phillipians .. and I have a loooong way to go …
‘ I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.’
Phillipians 4:12 NIV
Thank you for taking the time to read my reflections .. the musings of one very imperfect human being .. living each day with the sure and certain hope that Jesus died for me 🙂