Appreciating life as it is today, not how you wish it to be…

The past few years have been quite a big learning curve for many. We may have learned some deep lessons, but being human it can be easy for us to forget what we have learned.

As humans, we often worry so much about the future or think too much about the past that we miss the day that we are in right now. The only thing that we can presently work with. We often let fear come in the way of faith.

I’d like to explore a few thoughts as they come to me.

Today.

During the pandemic, I really missed interacting with people, going for walks in the park, worshipping in church and being with other believers who know personally that Jesus Christ Is The Way, The Truth and The Life, and being nurtured and fed together in Him. I missed seeing the cherry blossom trees, and ducks and squirrels and just going with my camera out on walks and having a bit of independence.

Today I enjoyed all of these things. And I enjoyed coming home to my flat. I must admit, however, after church and spending time with some new people and a friend I know quite well, I felt a bit lonely. In the park there were couples and families walking and I found myself wondering about my own life and being on my own.

We can so often miss what is right in front of us in the here and now either by the thoughts going on in our minds that could be to do with the past, or just longing for something or someone such as companionship.

During the pandemic many of us experienced a range of emotions and thoughts, including the more pressing realisation of the shortness of time. When living in day tight compartments, and in a situation when you are faced with your own mortality, you gain perspective that any day could be the last one. Therefore, in some ways we become more present, in the present.

The now and next

We are created to hope. To hope in the future, and for believers in Christ, to hope for the reality of His coming again, and for the very real place of perfection that He Is preparing for us. Being present with Christ today means being aware of His presence and purpose in today, and of making the most of every opportunity. Yet, sometimes on an earthly level we think about the ‘what next’ of our own lives, perhaps in terms of finding that someone special, especially if we’ve waited a long time. Yet there is also the realisation that people lose their spouses or friends for a number of reasons. The only constant and comfort is Christ.

Appreciating what is, not what we wish things were.

Life is very troubled in this world at present. For those of us who are in relatively good circumstances, perhaps in those moments when we are tempted to think about what we lack, whether we are feeling lonely and want a companion, or thinking about what we think would make our lives feel better or more secure, then we should take time to be more present and grounded and grateful. The things that I missed during the pandemic, I have now.

I appreciate being able to speak to my family on the phone ❤ I appreciate my flat, my food, my health, my clothes, my friends that I can speak with in person or online. I appreciate being able to go for walks and write blog posts. I am so thankful that in this day I know that God Is working out things for my eternal good and that I can pray and intercede for others.

In a world where people are in trauma and lacking so many things and have lost loved ones, I am choosing to be thankful for all the good things that I do have right here and now.

Day tight compartments.

This life is very short. We need to learn to focus on the day tight compartment that we are living in and give all our attention and heart to it, making the most of every opportunity as it comes to us, knowing what to say no to but also knowing what to embrace. Life comes in seasons and each season will pass, so what will we do with today?

Using our gifts and encouraging others

Each day will be filled with tasks to do, duties to fulfil, but also gifts that we can use and encouragement that we can share with others. These may be hidden things that the world does not see, but that are important nonetheless. We do not know what difference it might make.

Thankfulness

So while there is so much we cannot be in control of, we can take a few moments to be thankful for what we do have. The time will pass anyway, let us, where we can, pass it gratefully. x

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7 thoughts on “Appreciating life as it is today, not how you wish it to be…”

  1. A few statements popped out at me that are very poignant and to me the truth we need to get through the day but as well our entire lives here!

    “The only constant and comfort is Christ.”

    I know that to be absolutely true because I’ve lived it and found when I was at my worst place really in a quagmire where fear could have taken over while I was suffering greatly, people in general including family didn’t or perhaps couldn’t be of much help in dealing with the massive hardship I was faced with and I only had myself and the Lord along with my own mother who as a totally committed mother to all of her children offered what compassion and concern she could; giving great moral support along the way. But my only hope and all the answers to come in order to deal with all of my difficulty only came to me through Jesus

    “Life is very troubled in this world at present.”

    This statement is to me absolute and is not going to go away or lessen but will indeed get much worse moving forward as I know from of course the Holy Scriptures and I learned the hard way that I cannot put any real hope in mankind to come to the rescue and save the day from what is coming; indeed it is mankind that is bringing on this future calamity. Albeit for the brave good souls out there who tirelessly continue to provide any bit of good they can to others in their daily lives working on the side of God and serving His will faithfully!

    “Whether we are feeling lonely and want a companion, or thinking about what we think would make our lives feel better or more secure, then we should take time to be more present and grounded and grateful.”

    That statement I have pondered and experienced quite a lot over the years and I tell you each time I have that exercise brings me to the same conclusion that those desires or hopes are natural for flesh, fallible and incomplete beings who can’t escape the inevitability of our actually hopeless situation if left to our own devices; there is nothing we are capable of doing to provide any lasting end result for ourselves; but only through Jesus Christ will we attain Peace, Love and Eternal Happiness by our Faith and Trust in Him alone!

    “I am choosing to be thankful for all the good things that I do have right here and now.”

    You have decided through your understanding and love for Jesus Christ to accept how each living moment is a miracle and gift that you should and do appreciate with all of your heart and soul which is the right conscious and conscientious decision to make thereby acknowledging to our heavenly Father that you see what great possibility He has bestowed upon you which is all from His eternal absolute love that He has provided to us His children; and that you will show the respect and appreciation that you so rightly should; which thereby translates to your love for Him!

    Then as I read this next statement I saw clearly how what I’m saying up to this point you have put all of this into motion or action so that it isn’t just a mental through process or outlook but an actual performance of your willingness to serve His will for you moment to moment placing yourself in His assuring loving hands!

    “This life is very short. We need to learn to focus on the day tight compartment that we are living in and give all our attention and heart to it, making the most of every opportunity as it comes to us, knowing what to say no to but also knowing what to embrace. Life comes in seasons and each season will pass, so what will we do with today?”

    The truth is while we are living in this flesh material plane all we have is the present moment and the past is gone! Having a genuine faith in Jesus Christ we put our trust and hopes in Him alone; then we have a real hope of things to come, albeit not here in this fallen world; but in the eternal life He promises anyone who will follow Him the Father will to those who believe in like fashion!

    1“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe in Me as well. 2In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?” John 14:1, 2

    “8None of the rulers of this age understood it. For if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 9Rather, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no heart has imagined, what God has prepared for those who love Him.” 10But God has revealed it to us by the Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:8-10

    This is the only way to see this short often times difficult journey of our passing lives in this moment to moment existence that can end in a heartbeat literally and figuratively! This comment is long as they often times get with me writing my inner most thoughts but rather than expanding on what I’ve said with more of my own thoughts I want to step aside and allow the words from a wonderful servant of God’s who lived in such a way to serve our Father in heaven by doing her work which was centered on providing comfort and love to the destitute and dying. I have to admire and respect her sacrifice which I think must have not only provided needed care and some additional time on earth for these souls but also linked them to our Father through Jesus to save those souls! The following quotes are from Saint Mother Teresa.

    “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow has not yet come; we must live each day as if it were our last so that when God calls us we already, and prepared, to die with a clean heart.”

    “The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.”

    . “True love is love that causes us pain, that hurts, and yet brings us joy. That is why we must pray to God and ask Him to give us the courage to love.”

    “Whenever you share love with others, you’ll notice the peace that comes to you and to them.”

    “I fear just one thing: money! Greed was what motivated Judas to sell Jesus.”

    “You will never truly realize God is all you need until He becomes all you have.”

    “Jesus said to love one another. He didn’t say ‘love the whole world.’”

    “It is only when you realize your nothingness, your emptiness, that God can fill you with Himself.”

    “Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.”

    “Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.”

    “We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature—trees, flowers, grass—grows in silence; see the stars, the moon, and the sun, how they move in silence. We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

    This excerpt I read pertaining to Saint Mother Teresa in catholiceducation.org really puts it all in a nutshell for me!

    “She was an apostle sent to us in our time of dying, to a culture in which death had become the last refuge of the living. Hers was a ministry of final moments and last chances. She believed in deathbed conversions, that we were never too old to learn the lessons of spiritual childhood, that on this side of death it was never too late for any of us — or for the world.”

    “I am convinced,” she said, “that even one moment is enough to ransom an entire miserable existence, an existence perhaps believed to be useless.”

    Did not our Lord and Savior teach us this in the planned greatest example of this ever on the greatest day of eternal love being offered to the world when one who the world condemned wrongly would rise above it all to forgive and save while another who was also condemned for his crimes and deservedly so was in a last moment released from all his sins and death to follow the Savior to paradise!

    Luke 23:41-43 “We are punished justly, for we are receiving what our actions deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” 42Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when You come into Your kingdom!” 43And Jesus said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.”

    Dismas saw truth and acknowledged his own failure directly before God through our Savior that day, but so obviously saw Jesus for who He is, admitting He is Truth, so he repented and accepted Jesus as the Savior; while paying the penalty up to that point on his own cross that day!

    We move forward my Sister one day at a time, and indeed one moment at a time, with great thanks for this opportunity that is how we make it; I do believe! Amen.
    God bless you and keep you in Jesus Christ! 🙏💗 ✝️

    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence

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    1. Hi Lawrence, thank you for your comment and taking time to write and share your thoughts and also your personal experience and what you have learned in your life journey, as well as Scripture Truths and the various quotes.

      Apologies for taking some time to reply, I sometimes find my brain takes a while to adjust to all the things that I’m doing as things return to some kind of ‘normality’ and life gets busy, but it is nice to read your comments and thoughts.

      I hope God continues to bless you and you are able to steadfastly lift your gaze to Jesus Christ – it’s only by His grace that we can – and Happy Easter as we celebrate that perfect love and perfect sacrifice of our Great King – LORD of all and our personal Saviour Who has come in such an individual way into our lives, the Good Shepherd Who will lead us safely Home, that real place of peace and rest and joy where we can be in His Love and enjoy Him forever. God bless.

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      1. You’re welcome of course; but after the fact of my long reply I just sent! See if I get a motivation to move it or hustle along I’m able to jump to it, as I even had employment in the past with an international corporation that was a sort of paramilitary tight ship operation; must get the job done and on time! I guess I got the best of both worlds of quiet, reserved contemplation and taking action when it feels appropriate and thought out carefully, or the opposite of no time to tarry and this has to happen now so get moving buster! LOL! I ran hard at times! It’s OK, even my suffering because it’s all for the Glory and Love of God! I can take it all, because God is on our side!

        “30And those He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” Romans 8:31

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      2. No apology is needed, I actually figured you were very busy and because I wrote such a flooding commentary it seemed natural and necessary to consider it carefully and then respond as you saw fit! Let’s face it I do tend to go on and on, so not a simple thing for anyone like yourself who is serious minded and sincere to just make a snappy response to such a thing!

        “I sometimes find my brain takes a while to adjust to all the things that I’m doing”

        I like what you said there and how you put it! I actually had this sense about you and how it would take time and rightly so! That is actually very commendable to me and I’m both thankful and appreciative of that careful consideration on your part! And life is busy so duty calls and responsibilities must take precedent while these very important personal “extras” can wait and then get the proper attention they truly deserve in time; all in doing and assuring that we are trying our best not wanting to toss things aside in some flurry when we are racing against father time! My brain tends to whiz around, maybe even tending to be too much at once at times; sort of figures though, I never was a very quiet type but more talkative is how people see me!

        “Perfect love and perfect sacrifice”

        Those words jumped off the screen because I meant to post something on my blog sooner but will try today regarding Sacrifice and Purpose, which should stem from Love, just like all creation came about from God’s eternal absolute love! So your timing of this response is a timely Godsend for sure showing me as many times that He is working with us if we will believe and try our best to see “His personalized influence” in our lives’ truly being God Sent!

        Those words you just read in that last sentence I just wrote “before” I proceeded to read what else you had written and look what proof of what I just said to you appears from your own words!

        “Our personal Saviour Who has come in such an individual way into our lives”

        Just this morning in a long conversation with one of my sisters I did say that this is all like a mere reflection in a mirror how we perceive our existence and any happiness because what is beyond our capability to behold now is so exponentially beyond our comprehension to imagine what beauty, peace, joy and happiness God has prepared for those who have faith and love for Him! It’s tough at times to deal with this sometimes cruel and uncaring world, but, the destination is our aim, which will make it all worth it as nothing else can or ever will! All of it is in God’s hands and our personal Savior Jesus Christ is making sure we arrive home safely; just follow Him and open our hearts to the endless love that He our Lord and the Father with the Holy Spirit will fill us with forever!

        “12 Now we see but a dim reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. 13And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:12

        What did I say at the start how it all stems from that “Love from God!”

        This is all coming forth at this moment to consider as I complete that writing for posting later! You are helping Dear Lady! Amen.

        A most blessed Easter Sunday to you! Thank you very much!
        Lawrence

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