Friday, March 22, 2019

Count it All Joy - Every Day Highlights

I will start a new journey by carrying out this plan in mind for a few days now. I realized that I just let the memories of my everyday existence slip to nothingness. I become too familiar with the daily routine that I treated it "normal," "ordinary." But when I really think about it and set aside a time to engage my thoughts in reflecting how my day had been, each day is actually "very special," "miraculous," "out of this world" kind of day. I came into a realization that each day is unique, no day is the same. My eyes were blinded by this truth before. The good news is, it's never too late to start anew. While the breath of God comes in and out of me, there is hope.

I will call this everyday highlights as "Count it all joy." I will be writing down a summary of my day's highlights in this blog. I will not go into very detailed description unless needed. I may also share my reflections. Doing this will help me develop my meditation life. I just learned that deep thinking is healthy for the brain. I believe that this endeavor will also deepen and hone my heart to be more grateful in every circumstance. This will also help me appreciate the "miracles" of everyday life, be it with family, friends, or strangers.

"Count it all joy" is taken from the book of James 1:2-5 which says, "My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him."

I used the aforementioned verse as the title for various reasons. No matter how my day went, good or bad, I will count everything in it, joy. Every day is a trial that I have to face. One day will be beautiful, another day will be ugly. I believe that as I take time to think through and record the highlights of my day, even on the worst day, I will find joy in it. Not because of the circumstance or the event that happened, but because of the assurance that God was (and is) with me in every tidbit of the happenings. 

It is my hope and prayer that I will be committed and consistent to do this every day. It's a scary notion. I have this tendency to start something and lose it along the way. Please pray for me in this journey because there will be times my flesh will not cooperate with the Spirit. 

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