Every day is a gift, not any gift but a precious gift from God.
“In the presence of God, who gives life to all things…” -1 Timothy 6:13
“The God who made the world and everything in it, he who is Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in shrines made by human hands, nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mortals life and breath and all things.” -Acts 17:24-25
It’s quite easy to say the words that every day is a gift from God. It’s equally just as easy to tell others that every day is a gift from God. The challenge for the speaker of these words is to believe for themselves. And even more so, it takes courage to be authentic in accepting the truth of the statement, that each and every day is a precious gift from God. When we are authentically true to ourselves, we can say with clarity that “yes” today is a gift from God and I struggle with life. Both can be true at the same time. God is not asking for perfection and sinlessness, we are born sinful and imperfect. His love is not dependent on any thing we can do or offer. God’s love is unconditional, period!
Living Your Best Life!
What does that even mean? To me, the understanding of this statement is to be true to my beliefs and my values in accordance with my convictions from the Holy Spirit and that I strive to live my life in a manner pleasing to God. Sounds easy, right?
Life often throws us curve balls, it has bumps in the road and more than once we will find ourselves staring at a crossroad, not knowing for sure where a given road might take us. It’s called the future and it can be exciting, scary, stressful, joyful and adventurous. Some of us go boldly charging carelessly into the future, while others of us can be timid and very cautious, even skeptical. No matter where you may fit into this vast spectrum, the two things that matter most are: 1.) Keep moving forward; 2.) Be “YOU” authentic to who you are. I used a quote the other day and just like this blog post, I believe it with 100% of my being…BUT, living it authentically is at times a struggle.
Just the other day, I told someone that I felt broken. Clearly, if I believe this quote by Maya Angelou, I should never feel like I’m broken, worse yet it sounds like I’m accusing God of making a mistake. A better descriptive and authentic statement would have been to say that, “I’m struggling with insecurities, I question my purpose, I create unrealistic scenarios of life, all this and more because I allow my imagined fears to compromise my authenticity and I give my courage away.
Moving forward from this is not easy, it can and will most likely be unpleasant and uncomfortable, but aren’t most things that truly matter(?).
Whatever is keeping you from being completely you, authentic you is so worth discovering and conquering. The things that hinder our growth and the purest form of ourselves was most likely developed over time and the same is true in conquering it. So be kind to yourself and accept God’s grace. With each sunrise comes a new day to start new, renewed by the forgiveness given to us freely by Christ. You are so very loved.
One last thing, if you are anything like me…I seem to apologize for a lot of things, even things I haven’t done because at some point in my life, the true lines of responsibilities, ownership, shame and blame became blurred. Definitely apologize when it’s appropriate but be honest and straightforward about what you’re apologizing for. Over time “sorry” begins to sound a lot like, the boy who cried wolf, one too many times.
You are too valuable for that to happen, let your words be truth, let your sorry’s be true and sincere, and let you love be pure and free.
My prayer for us;
O Holy God, thank you for your love, your compassion and your forgiveness. I thank you for strength and growth that I have gained through the struggles I’ve endured, You are the One True God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I pray for the individual reading these words, not my words but the words that the Holy Spirit placed upon my heart to share, may your Spirit intercede with them and may they feel your presence within their being. I pray for healing if that is their need, whether it be spiritual healing, physical healing or emotional healing nothing is beyond your power. I pray the eyes of their soul be open to you and your will in their life. Be with us wherever we are around the world, praise be that you are always with us, we are never alone. I ask all these things in the name of Jesus, Amen! Peace to you!