Andy Hollifield 6-6-18
You would think the title implies a bad day or maybe boring. Neither would be true. I guess you could call it uneventful. As I have gotten older, I am thankful more and more for those days. I got a reasonable amount accomplished so it wasn’t like yesterday was a wasted day. I will share some of it with you. Let me say before I do that I have never understood why people on social media think that everyone is interested in every move they make in a days time. A friend of mine once said that he knew someone who he wouldn’t be surprised if they put every time they go to the restroom on their Facebook page. I promise not to do that but I am going to list a few things but only to make a point a little later.
Yesterday started off with me heating my son some leftover gravy and a biscuit for his breakfast. I then got cleaned up and ready to face the day. I checked my emails and checked to see if anyone had read my post. I played a few songs on the piano to get ready to go to the nursing home this afternoon. Later on, I took my little tractor apart. After lunch I went over to my mom’s and took a couple of trash cans back to her that I had hauled off for her a while back. I even watered her flowers for her while I was there. After going to the nursing home to sing, I went with my wife and son to Burger King. I then came home and took the clutch out of my tractor and then got some stuff from the ministry building that I have to deliver today. I watched a little TV with Diane and then went to write my post.
That is a real exciting day isn’t it? Actually, you probably don’t really give a rip about any of that and I can’t say that I blame you. Now for the point I am wanting to make. The rest of the story that I didn’t tell went like this. If you have made it this far, don’t worry because it is fixing to get better. I actually started my day by popping my eyes open and sat up in bed and put my feet on the floor under my own power without assistance. A lot of folks never had that privilege today even though it was in their plans last night. Still other folks weren’t able to do any of that by themselves for various physical reasons. I am a blessed man.
The fact of the matter is that we have been spoiled by the Lord because he has blessed us so abundantly that we have come to expect it and we don’t always appreciate it. I like to read the in the book of Job because he was a man who knew what he had in the Lord and did appreciate it, so much that when he lost it all, he still thanked God that he had blessed him with it to begin with. Our problem is that we crave excitement. If we don’t have some big event going on we often think our day has been wasted. I am sure that Job would have been happy with a lot less excitement and big events the day he lost everything.
Last week, multitudes of people were constantly complaining about all of the rain we had. I know people lost a lot in the flooding and I am not talking about them but I pray that God will be with them. As for the rest of us, we seem to have forgotten last year I believe it was. Farmers in our area were selling off cattle because it was so dry there wasn’t a first cutting of hay in May like there usually is. While it is true that the grass is usually up and green by then, that isn’t the case during a dry time. Not only do farmers have to use hay then but they also have to plan how much they will need for the winter and figure how many cows they can feed. We don’t pay attention to all of that until we go to the grocery store and try to buy ground beef and the price has shot up. This year in May, there was plenty of hay but no one could cut it because of constant rain. We have been in drought conditions for several years and now we are way ahead of where we normally are for the year. In spite of our complaining, God has abundantly blessed.
In 1 Thessalonians 5:18, the bible says, “In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.” “IN every thing give thanks.” That is sometimes really hard to do. Ephesians 5:20 says “Giving thanks for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Did you catch that? “Giving thanks FOR all things.” There are a lot of things that go on in a days time that I have a hard time being thankful for. But Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that ALL things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” ALL things, both the good and the bad in our lives, are working together for our benefit according to the will and purpose of God. Now that, my friend, is a comforting thought. Just to know that God is still on the throne and all is still well and he has everything under control. There is nothing we will face today or ever, that will have God wringing his hands and worrying what to do next. He already knows because he planned it that way.
My point is really that especially on those days when “nothing special” seems to be going on and things may seem a little boring, hum drum, or par for the course; be thankful. If you opened your eyes to see a new day, realize that a lot of people didn’t. That really is something special. Psalms 118:24 says, “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” The Psalmist used the word “rejoice” 55 times throughout the book. He obviously realized how blessed he was. Find something to rejoice about today, even if it is just that you lived to see another one. And if you are born again, now you already have two things. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!
Andy Hollifield 6-6-18