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?