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Topic: 24 Hours (01/27/11)
TITLE: Making Each Day Count
By Joy Mounce
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Would priorities change?
Go with me to a place called life.
I know that I have limited time on this earth. What can I do to make and leave my mark? Let’s see…is this television program really worth my time now? Hmmm…maybe not. Now that the set is turned off, I believe I will sit down and write that letter that I’ve been thinking about for so long now. It’s been so long, in fact, that I cannot even remember why we weren’t speaking in the first place.
Now that that’s done, I feel so much better, lighter in fact. Maybe I could get out and take a walk, smell the roses, so to speak, take my time, look around me and enjoy the handiwork of my Creator. Look how many other people are here too, oh my! I made more friends in one hour just by taking a stroll and looking around me than I’ve made in years, it seems. Well, when you realize you’re down for the count, somehow it doesn’t matter what they think of you, but rather how you can make another life brighter somehow. Kindness can really make a difference. It’s amazing how much people share with those they barely know when they sense sincere interest and true compassion.
Well, stopping by the grocery store on the way home was a trip! All I did was call the cashier by name and ask how she was REALLY doing. She told me things that surprised me. When I offered to pray for her, she gladly accepted. Then, helping the little old lady out the door and telling the bag boy how much I appreciated his service put smiles on faces that had frowns before.
As I prepared my family’s meal this evening, I put extra loving care into it and all the extra, finishing touches brought accolades long forgotten and made me feel a true sense of accomplishment that had been missing for years.
When I tucked my little one in tonight, I didn’t just read the story, I listened to his comments and made some comments of my own. Then as my spouse and I were winding down, I asked how their day was and really listened to them. I told them how thankful I was for having them in my life and what a blessing they were to me and to so many others. The look on his face was worth more than money can buy.
All these things are not rocket science. It’s not like re-inventing the wheel, but it can make life so much more enjoyable, if even for one day.
As I woke up, I realized that having only 24 hours to live was just a dream. Whew! What a relief! Now, to start my day, I believe I WILL spend that time in prayer and devotion before beginning anything else…
At the end of the day, I had done all those things I only dreamed of before, but in reality, it did make life so much more enjoyable, and not just for me. I could tell it was so for those that I met along the way also…now to write that letter….off I go!
I guess it is the little things that count after all.
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