Friday, December 23, 2011

Living One Day At A Time

It's so easy for me to become fixated on difficult circumstances.  Financial trials, poor health, etc...whatever life throws my way.  I have a habit of staring my trials in the face, studying them, digesting them, worrying about them, trying to outsmart them, and ultimately, putting all of my effort into attempting to control them.  As much as I say I will 'let go and let God', I find myself standing in the way.

Money dries up?  I obsess over netbanking and look ahead to pay days so that I can over-analyze, over-plan, and over-worry about the next week's budget.  Body fails me?  I look ahead to the next morning so that I might have a shot at feeling better, wonder if there's anything I can do to stop the symptoms, wonder if 'this is just what it's gonna be'.  In the meantime, I miss the blessings.

Hmph.  Maybe this is more of an 'altar call' than I thought;-)

In any case, I woke up the other morning with only one thought running through my typically traffic jammed mind.  That thought?  "Enjoy my blessings one day at a time instead of looking past them to the next 'whatever'".  I've made it a personal quest of sorts to take each day and just...appreciate it.  

Reminds me of the Serenity Prayer.  Live one day at a time, enjoy one moment at a time, trust that He will make all things right.  His 'right', not my 'right'.  They're often two very different versions;-)

It's taken conscious effort to *not* look beyond today.  To calm my mind.  To surrender these trials to the Lord.  In other words, to take a step to the side and get out of His way.  To enjoy the hugs from my kids while they're being given freely (without any begging on my part), to savor my marriage, to appreciate every moment I have with my family members, and to cherish my friendships...

With all that to enjoy, who's got time to stare at the mountain?

"One day at a time--this is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful it will be worth remembering."


Nancy said...

I remind myself by saying "Stay on the Sunnyside of life". What you think really DOES matter doesn't it? Simple? No, but it's a process to continue. Enjoy your day, and stay on the sunnyside.

Tina said...

Thanks for that reminder, Nancy!

And Merry Christmas to you! May God bless you and yours abundantly in 2012!

Tiffani said...

Two things about the serenity prayer that gets me every time... the IF is huge.., if I surrender well now that's a big if isn't it... And then...take this life as it is not as I would have it!!! I Say that part to myself a million times a day :)
Thanks for sharing Tina :)