You know, I always have heard the expression “Just take it one day at a time”, but in all my years of living, I have had a difficult time putting this idea into practice.
Yesterday, my mom had called me to tell me she was listening to one of her most admirable preachers on the radio station, Joel Osteen, and she called me to say “Sara, just take things one day at a time.”
When I heard her say that, it finally occurred to me that, hey, maybe I should take things one day at a time.
So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt. 6:34).
I’ve read stumbled upon this verse over and over, and yet, here I am, just taking things one week at a time, or one month at a time, or even looking so far ahead into my future that I begin to take things one life at a time.
I was driving to school this morning, and it was a beautiful drive up. The sky was clear and blue, the sun was radiating down on my dashboard, and all I could think of was one day at a time.
My heart was full of joy, and my Spirit was at ease.
I knew that by focusing on today, I am more aware of my surroundings and my circumstances. I learned to appreciate what was around me more, rather than taking it for granted. When ever I am worried about something, either about the present or the future, I notice that the attitude of my heart begins to feel ungrateful.
But the truth is, it is God’s desire and ultimate plan for our lives to give thanks in everything.
In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18
It’s easier to give thanks, when we focus on today.
There are far too many things to thank God for, but here are some of wonderful things that I have been praising Him for in the most recent days.
It’s February 27, and our temperature reach up to 12 degree celsius. THIS IS SPRING WEATHER! Praise the Lord, we normally don’t experience Spring until late March, early April, but God continues to amaze me as He blessed His people with awesome weather after a blustery, cold, and icy winter.
I shared some exciting news with my friends and family today about last weekend. Last Sunday, my mom told me to enter a contest on 88.7 The River, a local radio station, telling of a story of when I “payed it forward” to someone. So I shared this message:
“One sunny afternoon, my mom and I decided to have lunch at a gourmet burger joint known as, The Works in Kitchener. Throughout our meal, we had such awesome service by a young lady who was very hospitable and kind towards us. When we had finished, she brought out the bill and we had conversed with her for a little while. She told us that her car was stolen and didn’t have insurance for loss or damage as it was an older vehicle and she could not afford to buy a new one right now. When my mom and I heard this, we felt bad for this young woman and drove to the nearest convince store to purchase a strip of bus tickets. As we handed the strip of bus tickets to our waitress, her eyes lit up and she was so thankful for our small act of kindness. She gave us a huge hug. Hopefully since that day, she was able to pay it forward too!”
Then, on Friday, I received exciting news that my story had won this contest, and was generously awarded with a $100 gas gift-card! Praise God!
Here’s a short video behind the making of this contest
Last but not least, I’ve been thanking God for Him. Without Him, I don’t know where I’d be or what I’d be doing. Ever since I made the commitment to follow Christ, I have had a whole new outlook on life. I am no longer concerned about the things I used to care about, the things that God counts as rubbish, or foolishness. However, it’s been a challenging journey, I must admit; facing trials with my heath, and other troubling circumstances. But, I’m glad that I had Jesus to turn to when things got tough. I’m also grateful that I have Jesus to praise when things are going well, because He loves us and is Master over everything!