Guess what? I don’t care that my house isn’t perfect because I love collecting old stuff. Things like the antique rolling pin and vintage cook ware that hangs on my wall just to delight my eyes – I love hunting for unique treasures! But ultimately I know my stuff is just ‘stuff.’ The people that gather in my kitchen and around my dining room table, they are the true treasures in life.
I don’t care that my house is not put together or that my plates and silverware don’t match. What I do care about are the people in my life and the laughter and silliness they bring into my house. I care about the fact that two of my daughters are going away to college in the fall and I’m not just losing them, I’m losing their friends, the 20 or so people in our extended family that I’m used to seeing on a regular basis because they’re all fleeing the nest too. I plan on making the most of this last summer my girls live at home.
I hope you spend more energy focusing on the people in your life versus worrying about everything being in perfect order. Focus on the people, not the stuff. Worry less about trying to impress people and spend more time getting to know them. Something to think about.
A lot of people spend too much time in the past because they can’t let go. They can’t forgive themselves or they can’t forgive others. When you finally realize you have to forgive, you find out that it is the key that unlocks the prison doors and you let yourself free of that bitterness. Did you read that right? You are the one who is freed of misery and pain when you finally forgive and let yourself move on and live for today.
Some people don’t worry about the past as much as they worry about what’s to come. Every day they dwell on the future. Those people are going to overlook the good things that are happening right now. You see, that’s why it’s called the ‘present,’ because it is a gift. Today is a gift, be grateful in it! Make plans for the future but don’t fret about it so much that you forget what’s important today.
Keep your head in today. Stop looking back or stop looking ahead with worry. You can’t control it. It’s in the palm of God’s hands, leave it there. And now that you’ve soaked in my little pep talk, I want you to write to me and tell me what you are grateful for today. Sometimes just taking the time to write down a gratitude list can be therapy for a troubled heart. Just a thought.
Those affected by the massive tornadoes in Oklahoma still need our prayers and support. By supporting the organizations on the ground who are handing out important resources -- food, shelter, clothing, counseling -- you are directly helping those people in need. People who had their whole lives shattered in a matter of minutes. People who went to work and school like any other day and came home to nothing, or to learn their loved ones were lost.
Please donate however you can, every little bit helps. Get together with church members and sports clubs and school groups to host a bake sale or donation drive. Your support and love means so much in times of tragedy. If you need some guidance, I've listed some great organizations that do God's good work in these difficult times: