Thursday, July 26, 2012

In the midst of global change....of heart

Recession and economic hardship are the catch phrases of today. Many things are being marketed towards the fact that there is less money flowing in the economy and people are being advised towards making smarter purchases. There is so much to gain from returning to a simpler way of living and I think the days of "living large" are being replaced with "living wise". The times of being thoughtful in your actions even among all today's modern conveniences (more on that later) is coming. Making decisions towards not only spending less, but towards living less toxic and with more of a focus on our impact on the environment and others. We get to have more heart in the things that we do.

Doing things from the heart will yield more productivity and more benefits, not only for yourself, but for those that are around you. We are the examples and lessons that others learn from, either positive or negative. There will be more to learn in the practice of good habits. Budgeting, meal planning, buying nutrient-rich foods instead of junk food, recycling and composting, reusable instead of disposable items, being creative and making the most of what resources are available to you. It's a call to maturity....reclaiming common sense and thought, and practicing habits of the successful.

I believe that the need for maturity in today's society has come to fruition. Money is not everything and has proven to be a tool in how we live instead of what we are living for. Let's put all our tools (and talents) to good use and make the most of the lives we are living.

A new day and you within it

This morning as I was thinking, sharing, and praying, the thought of being in a new day come over me.  Before I went to bed I pondered on the fact that each day that I say "I love you" to my husband, it is actually the only time, that day, that he will be that version of my husband and I would bid him adieu as I fall asleep.  As the next day dawns, he would be a new version of my husband, and I, of course, would be a new version of me.  Physically, spiritually, emotionally, intellectually....all made new in a new day. 

The verse that says that we are to die to ourselves, made me think...As I go to sleep, the "Me' that I was yesterday died, and as I woke up today, I am a new "Me".  If I chose to die to myself each day, then each day I am made new...a new creation born each day.  And if I hold on to thoughts of regret and guilt, it's as if I am mourning the dead, day in and day out, without remembering the good moments that they lived or contributed and shared. (And personally, I chose to celebrate the good in the lives of those that have touched the lives of others....including the version of "me" from long ago).

And also, if you do not chose for yourself what it is that you will die to each day, then you will also be made new, in the choice of you not making the choice for "yourself".

In other words, we are made new each day period.  And whether or not you think you are making choices, you ARE always making a choice.  You can say it as...you either choose for yourself or you are choosing for someone or something else to make that choice for you.  So not only, in every moment are you presented with a choice to make, you are a "grand Decider" in your life.  God has given us this gift of choosing and it is for us to choose to fully receive or to think we are delegating to someone/something else.

So God has blessed me with another day....another breath in a day of life...how will I choose to live and love within this new me, in a day made new that I have received?

Thoughts...
....the version of me and thoughts I experience today will also die...giving birth to a new "me" and new deeper and more connected thoughts tomorrow.  (Thank God for growing deeper and closer in my relationship with you.)
....What is it that is to die (or be denied) in me today in order for me to be made new in the version I would choose to be tomorrow?

Scriptures for ponder...

Luke 9:23,24 ~Then he said to them all: “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it .

John 12:24 ~ I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.


Romans 8:13 ~ For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live,...


Quote for reflection ~

“What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains and is immortal.” ~ Albert Pine