For your consideration……

Today’s just another day, just another Friday. Our message today tells us that when we use the word “just” we are limiting ourselves. We are setting ourselves up for mediocrity. We are not expecting opportunity, joy, love, excitement, surprise, lessons etc. so we are not open to receiving them. You know the saying, “You get what you expect.” Yup, that “just” word sets the stage.

Today is just not another day. It is a day perfect for us. It is choke full of exactly what we need.

Let me share this with you…..

You think that this is just another day in your life…
It’s not just another day.
It’s the one day that is given to you – today…
It’s given to you.
It’s a gift.
It’s the only gift that you have right now…
…and the only appropriate response is gratefulness.

If you do nothing else but to cultivate that response to the great gift that this unique day is…
If you learn to respond as if it were the first day in your life
and the very last day
then you will have spent this day very well.

Begin by opening your eyes, and be surprised that you have eyes you can open
That incredible array of colors that is constantly offered to us for our pure enjoyment.

Look at the sky.
We so rarely look at the sky.
We so rarely note how different it is from moment to moment, with clouds coming and going.
We just think of the weather, and even with the weather we don’t think of all the many nuances of weather…
We just think of “good weather” and “bad weather.”

This day, right now, with its unique weather, maybe a kind that will never exactly in that form come again..
The formation of clouds in the sky will never be the same as it is right now…

Open your eyes.  Look at that.

Look at the faces of people whom you meet.
Each one has an incredible story behind their face, a story that you could never fully fathom.
Not only their own story, but the story of their ancestors.
We all go back so far…

And in this present moment on this day, all the people you meet, all that life from generations and from so many places all over the world flows together and meets you here like a life giving water if you only open your heart and drink.

Open your heart to the incredible gifts that civilization gives to us.
You flip a switch and there is electric light.
You turn a faucet and there is warm water, and cold water, and drinkable water…
a gift that millions and millions in the world will never experience.

So these are just a few of an enormous number of gifts to which you can open your heart.

And so I am wishing you will open your heart to all these blessings and let them flow through you.
That everyone you will meet on this day will be blessed by you,
just by your eyes, by your smile, by your touch, just by your presence.

Let the gratefulness overflow into blessing all around you.
Then it will REALLY be a good day.

Louie Schwartzberg – Gratitude

That is the HOPE.  And so it is.


Bit by bit, piece by piece, HOPE by HOPE action steps anyone can take……

-Meditate/pray….ask…”What is my next step for my highest good and the highest good of all?”

-Drink lots of water.

-Get outdoors and take in at least 10 deep breaths.

-Live today to the fullest. Expect it to be unique and fabulous.


What made me smile yesterday……

-PJ’s, sunshine and and a book on the back deck all day long.

-My Lt. Babycakes has a few extra days before deployment.

-Dinner with Jackie and Jody.

-Chilling with our Stillwater neighbors, Scott and Holly.


Love, Blessings and Gratitude,

Rev. Chris


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