We are at the start of a new year and each twenty four hour period I can plan on what type of day I am going to have. Today I can feel sad that I don’t have more money, OR…I can be glad that my finances encourage me to plan my purchases wisely and guide me away from waste. Today I can grumble about my health, OR…I can rejoice that I am alive. Today I can lament over all that my parents didn’t give me when I was growing up, OR…I can feel grateful that they allowed me to be born. Today I can cry because roses have thorns, OR…I can celebrate that thorns have roses. Today I can mourn my lack of friends, OR…I can excitedly embark upon a quest to discover new relationships. Today I can whine because I have to go to work, OR… I can shout for joy because I have a job to go to. Today I can complain because I have to go to school, OR…Eagerly open my mind and fill it with new tidbits of knowledge. Today I can murmur dejectedly because I have to do housework, OR…I can feel honored because the Lord has provided shelter for my mind, body, and soul. Today stretches ahead of me, waiting to be shaped. And here I am, the sculptor who gets to do the shaping. What today will be like is up to me in so many ways. It depends on my perspective as a person of faith. I get to choose what kind of day I will have! Have a GREAT DAY friends unless maybe you have other plans.
Brennan Manning in his book, “The Ragamuffin Gospel”, tells about a child caught on the second floor of his house when it was on fire. The family members were all running out of the house when the smallest boy panicked and ran back upstairs. Terrified, he screamed from a smoke-filled window. Below, his father could see him and cried out, “Jump, son, jump! I’ll catch you.” “But daddy, I can’t see you,” the boy cried. “I know,” the father called, “but I can see you.” The father could see the son and that’s all that really mattered.
The preacher placed two identical jars on the table next to the pulpit. He then quoted I Samuel 16:7, “the Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” “These jars came from the same factory, were made of the same materials, and can hold the same amount. But they are different,” the preacher explained. Then he upset one and it oozed out honey. He turned over the other, and vinegar spilled out.
There is a beautiful legend about a king who decided to set aside a special day to honor his greatest subject. When the big day arrived, there was a large gathering in the palace courtyard. Four finalists were brought forward, and from these four, the king would select the winner.
Museums, zoos, and other amusement parks offer annual passes that let you get into their facilities anytime during the duration of the pass. It doesn’t matter how many times you go, but obviously you get the most benefit from the pass if you attend frequently.