It is so easy to be constantly looking towards the future; that next phase, stage, or accomplishment in our lives that promises to be better than where we are right now. But when we get caught up always looking forward to what "could" or "will" be, we lose the most important thing we have: the incredible blessings of TODAY. Sometimes, it can be so hard to see past the daily challenges of a time in life that we can miss the joys and blessings that come with that phase. Life is always changing, and people are always growing and changing too. Let's not let our focus be on the next great time in our life, but rather look for the wonderful, sometimes subtle blessing of where we are right now.
Today I will:
Find joy in my kids sweet, messy faces rather than wish for the day when I won't have to clean them.
Take time to teach my children rather than wishing they didn't ask silly questions.
Appreciate their limitless energy rather than wish for a quiet home.
Encourage their "helpfulness" rather than wish for a quiet hour to cook supper by myself.
Savor the sweet cuddles at 2am rather than wish for more sleep.
Be grateful for a body that has carried children and nursed them rather than wishing for a perfectly toned one with no stretch marks.
Relish the blessing of an inquisitive 5 year old rather than wish for adult conversation.
Rejoice in the way God disciplines and guides me rather than wishing for a life of ease.
Thank God for a husband who points me to God's Word rather than wishing for one who tells me what I want to hear.
Be grateful for the seasons of waiting, knowing God is working through them rather than wishing for the quick solution.
Laugh over our dates that consist of eating cereal together on the couch rather than wish for fancy restaurants and nights on the town.
Where are you in your life right now? Is it a joyful season or a difficult one? Do you notice yourself often looking to the next phase of life when things will be better, easier or less busy than they are today? I'd love to hear your comments of ways you will choose to see today's blessings rather than missing them in your wait for tomorrow.