Butler County Times Gazette
  • Paul Andrews: Embrace each day as a gift from God

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  • Every day we have is a gift from God.  It is very easy to fall into a mentality of just “trying to make it through another day.”  This type of thinking blinds us to the wonderful opportunities that the day may bring.  Too many people waste their days.  Too many of us do not consider the day as the valuable gift that it is.  Because of this, it is easy to see how the day can be wasted.
    The scripture says, “This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.”  Psalms 118:24.  Too many people, “Can’t wait until the weekend.”  When we think this way, five of the seven days can we wasted, or at least not appreciated.  That is wasting too many days.  When you have a relationship with God, even Monday mornings can be blessed.  I love how the scripture says, “This is the day..” We do not have to wait.  You can enjoy right now.  You can be fully alive right now, living in the present and not waiting for some future event to be happy.
    When your children are small, they can tend to be a bit high maintenance.  You cannot leave them alone and go on a date (not a good idea when they are babies and toddlers).  You have to feed them, take them places, change their diapers, etc.  It is easy for a parent to think, “I can’t wait until they get older, so I can have some freedom!”  But the truth is, kids that are small like that are also extremely enjoyable.  Crucial development happens when a child is held as he or she cries, and a powerful bonding experience happens when they are lovingly responded to.  There is nothing quite like holding your baby.  There is nothing quite like kissing those chubby cheeks.  And when they get older, we can miss those days.  Each day is a gift and must be fully embraced with the opportunities it brings.  Stop longing for a different time.
    One of the worst things to say is “I can’t wait.”  Though it may just be semantics, it can also cause us to miss the magic of the moment we are in.  We say, “I can’t wait for the weekend.  I can’t wait for my kids to get older.  I can’t wait to get out of this town.  I can’t wait to get out of high school.  I can’t wait to get married.  I can’t wait for a new job, for a new president, for a new car, etc.”  When we live this way we delay our happiness.  You can be happy now.  Stop waiting on something you do not have to wait for.  “This is the day the Lord has made.  I will rejoice and be glad in it.”
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