What Would Be On YOUR List?

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Charlotte told me today about a conversation that she had with a wonderful lady in our church.  In her late 70’s, a widow, with a servant’s heart.  She told Charlotte about the wonderful day she had, waking up to see the English Ivy outside her window and enjoying a cup of coffee.  Isn’t that refreshing?  What a wonderful attitude!  So many people, old and young miss these moments of grace because of their attitude.

I was thinking earlier about the moments of grace that  I’ve experienced today.  I am so  thankful.

 

  • Mowing the yard.  Seeing the yard afterward looking so nice.
  • Such a nice telephone conversation with Christine.
  • An enjoyable time drinking a cup of coffee and reading the Dallas News.
  • A few moments with Charlotte talking about what we will do a week after this wedding.
  • Talking with Jamie about her wonderful week at Oklahoma Christian.
  • Find a little booklet that I had misplaced and had been looking for.
  • See a young girl at the grocery store who was "wide-eyed" as her mother was telling me about driving through downtown Crawford (where there are anti-war protesters in a few places and pro-Bush people in other places.)
  • Enjoying a bowl of Orange sherbet on a sweltering, one-hundred degree day.

 

Were there frustrating moments?  Yes.  One in particular.  But it did not take over the day. 

What smothers these moments of grace?  What keeps us from seeing all that we have to be grateful for?  What steals our joy?  What keeps us from really enjoying these moments?

In a word? Attitude.

When I am negative.
When I gripe and complain regularly.
When I get focused on me.
When I feel sorry for myself

I will not see these moments of grace–much less enjoy them.

What about you?

 

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4 thoughts on “What Would Be On YOUR List?

  1. Last Sunday I had a sick child so I was at home. My daughter had to sit with Mark on a pew at the back at the video screen as he worked it during service. She was all alone and not where we normally sit. An elderly lady (Mark didn’t know who she was) sat down by her and wrote her a note that said what a nice and pretty little girl she was. That made her day! May we all remember that little actions like this can mean so much to others!

  2. Your thoughts remind me of something a doctor I work with said recently. He sees many elderly patients and very seldom does he see any who are content with their stage of life. He commented to me “Why can’t they be happy being old? They waited for this time of life and now they regret everything”. I make it a point to let people I meet know I enjoy my late fifties. I am contented and have more time to listen to what God says to me. Thanks for this column.

  3. Last Sunday I had a sick child so I was at home. My daughter had to sit with Mark on a pew at the back at the video screen as he worked it during service. She was all alone and not where we normally sit. An elderly lady (Mark didn’t know who she was) sat down by her and wrote her a note that said what a nice and pretty little girl she was. That made her day! May we all remember that little actions like this can mean so much to others!