“Everyday is a gift” - my wall words shout out to me every time I enter our kitchen.
As I age I’m learning something more about time as the minutes turn to hours, the hours turn to days, the days turn to months, the months turn to years, the years turn to decades, the decades turn into the start of a half century. (I’m shell shocked, where did the time go?)
Anyhow, at this stage in my life, what I’m discovering is that day-by-day I can persevere and withstand whatever life throws my way.
Now it is a different story if I were to try to tackle a year’s worth of problems in one day. I couldn’t do it; I’d have a complete meltdown.
A painter can become overpowered with a whole three-story house to paint. But, day-by-day it becomes feasible. One room at a time, one day the ceiling and two walls, the next day the remaining walls and the closet, and so forth till that final day when the brushes and rollers are washed for the last time, and the whole house has color.
Day-by-day is the way to go to pull off life. Today you can’t run a marathon, but maybe you can walk two miles and with that you have started your training. Your goal to write that book seems overwhelming, but chapter one can be created easily in a day.
Planting that hundred-acre field seems like too much land, too much manual labor unless the farmer breaks it down into steps. One day of using a disc to prepare the ground, then removing the rocks. Clearing out rock-by-rock, day-by-day, till one day in the future lo and behold harvest comes, and as in most cases, here you really do reap what you sow in life.
The examples could continue, but the message doesn’t change. Every day is a gift.
“Thanks be to You, my Lord Jesus Christ, for all the benefits You have given me, for all the pains and insults which You have borne for me. O most merciful Redeemer, Friend, and Brother, may I know You more clearly, love You more dearly, follow You more nearly, day by day. Amen.”
–St. Richard of Chichester
Yep, every day is a gift…best to simply live day-by-day…go ahead and shout out an Amen!