A shift in perception occurs when a crisis comes our way. When days become long, when haunting feelings of dissatisfaction attack, when it’s impossible to see there’s a way through the stuff, there’s a desire to break free of it. But.
When unexpected hard things happen, there’s a longing for what was, a desire to go back in time, and regret for not seeing the gift of what really mattered.
And, crisis often changes everything in just seconds. I’ve been there.
When I stepped into crisis this past summer, learning life could end immediately, I learned like never before, that gratefulness for the gift of the day is key to living well, to be more than satisfied, choosing to experience all there is to experience in the moment, intentionally living without regret, blame, shame, or fear through the presence of Christ. To be grateful, we must focus on what really matters, seeking God first with complete honesty, receiving the way to live healed and whole, believing we’re never alone in it all. It would be impossible to do this on our own; however, through the Spirit of God we are able to experience the gift of the day, regardless of our circumstances. Jesus’ words have been speaking to me for months now, taking shape and form, revealing what really matters in life:
“I’m telling you these things while I’m still living with you. The Friend, the Holy Spirit whom the Father will send at my request, will make everything plain to you. He will remind you of all the things I have told you. I’m leaving you well and whole. That’s my parting gift to you. Peace. I don’t leave you the way you’re used to being left—feeling abandoned, bereft. So don’t be upset. Don’t be distraught” (John 14:25-27, The Message).
Jesus has provided the way to live healed and whole . . . giving us peace in all places of life . . . through the presence of the Friend, the Holy Spirit. It is what matters. It is what gives reason to be grateful in each moment. It is Life.
Day 6 of 40-days of Intentional Gratefulness: Grateful for what really matters.
Learning to Kickstart each day with gratefulness,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)