It’s a brand new day. How will you choose to spend it?
We all are familiar with this drill: A small child rides in the backseat of the car and his constant chatter is a distraction—and sometimes an irritation—to the driver. Again and again, he asks, “Are we there yet?” Eager to arrive at the destination, he wants the car to move faster. He is beyond impatient.
In our day-to-day activities we are often like that child, scurrying at lightning speed from one task to another, devoid of the simple pleasure of life’s journey and the landscape that forms our days here on earth. Time passes in a blur, and when we do take a moment to grab a breath, we wonder just how the hours turned into weeks, months, years and even (yikes) decades.
I challenge you to add a goal for today: slow down. Step out of the fast lane long enough to enjoy the ride and drink in the scenery. How long has it been since you savored a mango-tinged sunrise, the laughter of a child, perhaps a friendly chat with a lonely neighbor? Today, let’s discover the purpose of our actions and take few minutes to give thanks for the countless blessings in our lives. I’ll bet that soon, instead of the nagging, “Are we there yet?” you may find yourself exclaiming, “Wow, how did we get here already?”
When life’s hectic pace threatens to steal joy, take time out to appreciate a world filled with children’s laughter, kind words from a neighbor, and the beauty of a new sunrise. Along the way, you might even create a chapter or two in the story of your life…a beautiful tale shared with family and friends.
This week, take time to relax and discover the people with whom you are journeying through life. Listen to the wind whispering through trees, smell the musky scent of changing leaves, enjoy a cup of flavored coffee (or tea), and tilt your smiling face to the warm sunlit sky or starry night.
TWO BRUISED HEARTS SEARCHING FOR A CHRISTMAS MIRACLE…
Down on her luck after budget cuts claim her job, art teacher Hope Casey returns to Miracle Cove to raise her five-year-old daughter, Sydney. While working at the local diner, Hope is befriended by Noah Armstrong, the youth director at Miracle Cove’s Community Church.
Noah is dealing with issues of his own—a painful divorce following confirmation that he’ll never be able to father a child. Noah longs for a family of his own, but fears it may never come to pass.
When Noah and Hope team up to direct Miracle Cove’s Christmas Pageant, they are both searching for a little holiday cheer. What they discover is truly a Christmas miracle.