With the false snow alerts we’ve had in New Jersey over the past few weeks it gives me hope that we at least may be heading towards spring, even if up north they’re still buried under snow. With spring comes talk of new life. I love talking about new life because we talk about hope, we feel more confident that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and tomorrow may finally arrive. But what I think we forget with all that goes on in our lives is that even the dark days mean that we’re alive for one more day.
I know it’s hard to get perspective when you’re swimming in depression or just got fired, got bad news from the doctor, are having trouble with your kids or just woke up on the wrong side of the bed (even if your bed only has one side). It’s really easy to forget the gift you have in that day when all you see is the laundry list of things to accomplish.
Which is exactly why it’s important to leave reminders around your house and work place, to have friends who are good influences on you and don’t drag you into bad habits, to be in a relationship with a partner who loves you and you work well with, and to take time to care for yourself so that you don’t fall into the traps that you’ll uncover and find the strength to keep going and look for the good in life.
Not every day will be a good day. But every day is a gift and I believe that if you were to unwrap your day you would find that the value you can contribute to the world far outweighs the bad stuff. One of the reasons the world suffers so is because we’re not stepping into our value and living our lives as the gift they are. We’re refusing to see the potential in the day and focusing instead on the not-so-good aspects that will probably be there until we’re all dead. All of the bad stuff may never go away but it’s not your responsibility to fix everything, just to do what you can. God has given you another day, what will you do with today?
“God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.” Johnny Cash