“Gratitude. More aware of what you have than what you don’t. Recognizing the treasure in the simple – a child’s hug, fertile soil, a golden sunset. Relishing in the comfort of the common – a warm bed, a hot meal, a clean shirt.” –Max Lucado
Some days quotes like this will go in one ear and out the other. Or I’ll see it posted somewhere and depending on what I’m doing, how busy I am, how much coffee I’ve had…it may or may not make me stop and truly think about it. But not this one. It touched me and has stuck with me since I read it. “More aware of what you have than what you don’t.” Wow. This is a challenge isn’t it? How often do we sit and think about everything that God has blessed us with as opposed to sitting and thinking about everything we think we need, want, can’t change, or lack?
Being thankful & content in the simple.
To be honest, this used to not be the case for us. When we were first married over 13 years ago, all we wanted to do was to buy and own the latest & greatest, even though we didn’t have money for it. Keeping up with the Jones’, as they say. And because of that, we were paying off credit cards from that just up until a few years ago. And I’m certain we paid ten times more for whatever it was we bought thanks to high card interest rates! Dave Ramsey would shudder at some of the stuff we charged.
But over the past few years, God has been working on us – molding us in this area. Showing us that it’s not about what all you own in THIS life and it’s not about living the dream in the world’s view. In fact – this life is not about ME at all! It’s about God & the work he is doing through me. It’s about loving Him & loving others. THIS is when you truly live. Putting others ahead of myself. Living more and giving more. Gosh, I still have a lot of work to do in this area – but I’m trying! Always a work in progress. As Frances Chan so amazingly explains in the book Crazy Love– as Christians, our best life will come later. How exciting is that truth?! And for that reason, we press toward the goal! We live fully now and make the most of each opportunity He has given us…especially in the simple, day to day moments.
So I challenge you to “recognize the treasure in the simple” – bask in those moments & praise God for them. Each day is a gift and if we take time to count each blessing, we won’t have quite as much time to dwell in the negative. The next time your child hugs you – soak it up. When you kiss your spouse – relish it. When you lay down at night and cover up, snuggle in and say thank you. When you go out for your morning run, take in the fresh air and smile. When you take a bite of that freshly prepared meal – enjoy the flavors on your taste buds. When your kids want to dance – smile & DANCE! And continuously seek out ways to help someone in need – believe me, you won’t have to look far.
These are the treasures that make us rich.