I carry a book in my car for study at moments of delay; i.e. doctor's office, waiting for breakfast at the cafe, scheduled appointment running late at the coffee shop, etc. I don't want to miss out on opportunity. Life is fascinating, don't you think?
So, how does one enjoy now? Many don't, you know. If we can make the slightest hint of progress, maybe bigger life will unfold for some here and there. I once lived a life without God. Now, everything is so new all of the time. Thinking positively and faithfully brings about a macro-shift in our normal trek through the rigors called "here and now". Here are some ways to begin a bigger life:
- BE THANKFUL
- BE APPRECIATIVE
- BE GRATEFUL
Here's how I got started. I'd think how I would feel if things went really badly. For instance, what if my arm was paralyzed? What if I was blind and couldn't see a snow storm? What if I didn't have the ability to drive myself to work? What if I lived in a nursing home? What if I were a leper and couldn't feel touch so I would never know if I stepped on a nail. What if I went deaf? What if I had no friends? What if I lived in an iron lung? What if I had a son killed in war? What if I couldn't talk? What if I didn't have thumbs?
Next, I would ask myself, How would I feel if any of the above were a part of me and suddenly they were restored to perfect health? Well, I would feel so excited I would shout and smile and tell God and people how grateful I was. I would constantly tell about my miracle. And then, I would go ahead and do just that out of gratitude for not having to lose any of it before I told Him how happy I was to enjoy them. I live multi-miracled days....and so do you.
We have exorbitant living to do, friends. Let's not wait until it diminishes to begin appreciating it. Like right now! Calvin Miller wrote about how deep sea divers parallel our spirituality. Real spiritual divers are so in love with the depths that they don't spend much of their lives trying to make oceanography real in a world where birdbaths define smaller passions. Hurray for Mr. Miller......and for us. Determine to refuse birdbath living when there are oceans to explore!
Shall we begin to go swimming.....now.....in our oceans?