You know, we really have it made. Those of us that have faith in the power of good have eternal goodness in which to look forward. So, why are we sweating the small stuff while we are here? Why don’t we, while we have our body, live fruitfully, shall we?
Remember, to live fruitfully means to be hospitable, giving and making sacrifices.
Today’s story is about an elderly Jamaican woman living in an unair-conditioned <!–https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unabated definition of unabatedmore–> infirmary, whom didn’t have any legs. Considering her circumstances, Violet could have easily moaned and groaned, but, instead, chose to be hospitable for the teenagers that stopped to visit with her. She was seeking the perfect song… Violet came up with this: “I am running, skipping, jumping, praising the Lord!” She chose to sing this because, “Jesus loves me – and, in Heaven I will have legs to run with.”
Talk about inspiring! Wowee.
Ultimately, we each have a choice as to how we are going to live our one life here on Earth, fruitfully or with doom and gloom…
Some random thoughts on how we can live fruitfully:
- decide on one or more charities and give an amount that fits in the budget. we like Dr. Without Borders, St. Jude, to name a couple
- let’s be uplifting and engage in conversations with anyone we feel we “need” to speak with, stranger or not
- welcome your trusted neighbors inside, when they stop over because they are so gosh darn giving, and offer them something to drink or eat and/or stay and visit
- turning off the morning drive time music to listen to an interesting story. ;P we make sacrifices because, then, joy fills someone else’s world. always worth that.
When we decide to change our attitudes about life and how it throws lemons at us, all the time, and, choose to look at these frustrating moments as God’s way of saying, no worries, this is a new beginning. He says, you’re welcome. 😉
Philippians 1:21 – 26 I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.
“Lord, when times are tough, help me to find joy. Help us to live in the tough times of this world with happiness while looking ahead to something “better by far.”
Pleasant day to you,
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