One Christmas when I was a teenager my Grandfather gave me a quilt. While I appreciated the gesture, I didn’t grasp exactly how I was supposed to enjoy the gift at the time. For years it’s been in storage and hasn’t been thought about much. While shifting things in the quilt closet last night, I ran across it and began to notice the beauty in the details.
My Grandfather passed away in 2015 and regretfully I never asked him the history of that quilt. I know it’s hand quilted, very old and possibly one of my Great Grandmother’s works of art, I’m not sure. It took me years to even have that occur to me. Wherever it came from, I think my Grandfather knew one day the beauty of the gift would be appreciated.
It often amazes me how we fail to grasp the fact that EACH DAY IS A GIFT and how to appreciate each one. We’re too busy concentrating on tomorrow and our next steps to even focus on today. We’re missing the beauty in the details of the moment. How long has it been since you soaked in a sunrise or chased a sunset? How long has it been since you literally stopped and smelled the flowers? How long has it been since you drove around enjoying the beauty of God’s masterpiece? How long has it been since you had real, quality time with those you love most and enjoyed their laughter, smiles, and closeness?
Every morning our eyes open, we should be grateful. The fact that there’s still air in our lungs means we still have a purpose. Enjoy those you love and tell them often that you love them. Spend time with them and spend time with the Lord thanking Him for the gift of another day. Seek His guidance and purpose for your life.
Have an attitude of gratitude! Don’t let life pass you by only for you to look back wishing you’d soaked in more of the moment. When you slow down for a minute and pay attention, you’re more able to catch glimpses of God.
Psalm 118:29 Give thanks to the Lord for he is good, his love endures forever.
Psalm 138:8 The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me.
Lord, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands.
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.