Good morning, friends of mine! This day of my life is going to be wonderful. This day of my life is going to make a difference! I’m excited about getting things done, meeting new people and serving God, my family and my work with my talents!
I have a retreat to work at this week (I’m in charge of the kitchens). This is the first retreat since Christmas, and I’m pretty excited because my sister gave me this lovely apron for Christmas and let’s just face it, aprons are pretty amazing, cool and all-around essentials for someone who’s as messy as me. 🙂
So, some people have wondered if I’m always up-beat, happy and having a good attitude. The answer is no. Take yesterday for instance. I was tired, worn out, not feeling the best… Ever since I’ve started regaining my energy from my six year battle with Lyme disease, I’ve wanted to rush and run and make up for all the time I lost. I used to take 1-3 naps a day and I’ve cut that back to 1-3 naps a week, which is a huge accomplishment. Sometimes though, I need to remember just to let myself take a break and sleep, because in reality, I still don’t have my health back at 100%. When I take a nap though, I feel like I’m falling back into my Lymie days, and I hate that.
Therefore, yesterday I should have just let myself sleep, but I didn’t. I forced myself just to slush and slosh around, not really doing much. And I was a grump. And I was stressed out. And I was not cool to be around. Then I took a nap and low-and-behold, today I feel back to myself and raring to go. 😉
Having a good attitude about stuff is really something I try and work at though, because it’s so important! There are quite a few verses about thoughts in the Bible, if you ever get the chance to study them, you’ll probably be quite surprised. I know I was! Here just a few of them are:
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
– Philippians 4:8
If then ye were raised together with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated on the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things that are above, not on the things that are upon the earth. For ye died, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
– Colossians 3:1-3
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.– Proverbs 17:22
So, you might be wondering what’s up with what I was saying at the beginning of the post about today being so great? Here it goes: God created each of us for a reason. We each have the ability to make a huge difference.
That includes the girl who’s flat in bed, sick and unable move. If she chooses to use her time praying, she’s making a difference. This includes the parents who feel as if all they do is provide for their families, and not even very well. If they are providing love, encouragement for their children’s dreams and giving them the foundations they need, they’re making a difference that will multiply. This also includes the teenager who feels all they do is go to school day in and day out. What about smiles? Spread those around. What about kind words? The world needs more of those! No matter who you are, no matter what you’re doing, you can change the world around you. Start out small if you need to, but eventually you’ll look back and see how your life has changed and how much better it is now. No, it’s not always easy. It’s not always fun. It’s worth it though.
So, step out today and do what you were created to do: Make a difference.
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