An inspirational quote I came across a while back that I really like. Nice reminder to each of us I believe. So many times we seem to get caught up in worrying about how successful we “should” be and how to get there. We set a lot of goals and perhaps, at times, they are unrealistic goals personally. For instance it would be incredibly silly of me to shoot for a goal of running 5 miles when I can rarely walk 1 mile. (I am great for setting those unrealistic goals!) And don’t we all just love being around the “name-droppers”! NOT. What does it matter who we know, or what we have, how much money we have?
My goal is to change those personality traits in me that are just taking up wasted space in my brain. Can I do it all at once? No and I am not even going to try. One step at a time, one trait at a time, My goals are, as the above quote says, to see how high my faith in God can climb, to see how many hearts I can touch as I live my life. When the day comes that the Lord calls me home, will anyone remember whether I was wealthy, had many possessions, lived in the biggest, most expensive house, or knew all the so-called “important people” ? No, of course they won’t. But will I be remembered for the way I made someone feel, for smiles I gave to someone who needed to see a smile? Will I be remembered as a loyal friend, or a loving mother/grandmother, as an encouragement to another person? My wish is that I leave behind many more good things to remember than bad things. I believe all of us want to be remembered for what is inside our hearts and inside our minds.
Psalm 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. KJV
I received this verse attached to a gift at a Ladies church function one evening this month. Since then I have been mulling it over in my mind. What does it mean in my life? Is it a coincidence that I happened to receive this verse? Is God trying to lead my thinking in a particular direction? I’m sure he is doing that! This verse, combined with the words of our speaker at the event who talked about finding our joy and happiness first in a relationship with Christ, gave me a lot to think about.
For a long time, I have searched for true happiness and joy in my life, many times deciding it would never happen for me; thinking I was apparently “not good enough” to have it. I have cried many tears over time, both literally and figuratively, wondering why I wasn’t “good enough” to have love in my life.
I didn’t have my priorities straight. The first place to find that happiness and joy is, before anything or anyone else, with a relationship with the Lord. He should come first in my life. I am a believer, yes. I pray. I go to church. But do I work at keeping Christ first in my life? Is my walk with the Lord what it should be? I have to say no; it is not. I need to spend more time making Him a priority, letting Him be the friend He wishes to be. Put Him before myself; before everyone else in my life. He will show me the plan He has for me to find what I have been looking for all my life or show me that I have found it already.