Monday, August 10, 2015

A Thought for Monday 10 August 2015

“Sing praise to The Lord, you saints of His, and give thanks at the remembrance of His holy name; for His anger is but for a moment, yet His favor is for life.  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”  Psalm 30:4-5

It is too easy to get caught up in the disappointments life brings.  Because we live in a fallen world and are by nature a fallen people, we need help in remembering we have so much going for us, so much to be thankful for even if we do not always see it.  And when we can fully realize the blessings we enjoy, however great or small, and can remember these blessings come to us from The Lord rather than by our own hands, we can then perhaps remember how deeply we are loved.

There is a catch, however.  We have to stop being so busy that we do not or will not take the time to notice the little things that bring the greatest blessings.  Yet we cannot become so un-busy that we have too much time to dwell on the negative.  This is when the little things that don’t amount to a hill of beans can soon seem to be insurmountable problems.  To dwell on a harsh word spoken, to spend too much time worrying about spiteful people who are not going to be kind to you no matter what you do, or to worry too much about money you never had and will likely never have is all time wasted on things and persons who do not deserve your attention anyway.  Frankly I think this is the wisdom behind the biblical prohibitions against “coveting”; we spend so much time pining for what we do not have that we are not free to appreciate what we do have.

It is often said that a good night’s sleep will always change perspective.  That is, once we “restart” our minds with much-needed rest, we realize what we were fretting about wasn’t worth the time or that it wasn’t as bad as we initially thought.  Even in the middle of the day, however, when we cannot always shut down and sleep, we can pray (and if praying has become such a burden to us that we will not make time for it, we have bigger problems!).  One way or the other, we must find a way to “close the door” (Matthew 6:6) to situations that bear down on us and persons who seem determined to do us harm. 

We don’t have to fight back against these situations and persons who get us down even though our fallen nature inclines us to such action, but that only takes us down to another level.  But when we look upward in that moment of solitude and peace, we can feel and appreciate what is being given to us.  We can find that peace of mind which can come only from The Lord.  And we are assured we will be renewed and comforted and reminded of what is important.

Get rid of the negatives in your life, and shut out the people who have proven themselves to be enemies to you and to the Church (if they mistreat you, they will mistreat others; you can count on that.  They are NOT friends of The Lord.).  This is what we have the power to do, and it is what we must do.  Then we can “have eyes to see”.  Then we can “have ears to hear”.  Then we can – and will – “give thanks at the remembrance of The Holy Name”.



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