Look carefully how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
…be filled with the Spirit…
…giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…
Ephesians 5:15-16, 18b, 20 ESV
To live in this day, this wondrous moment becomes pure and exuberant gratitude. All is rendered JOY, all things and common activities are wonders to be savored. The outcome of time-wisdom is the fullness of the Spirit in gratitude for all! The smallest things, the everyday happenings, are experiences full of thanksgiving.
“This is my only meal. How exquisite it is!” Not likely my LAST meal, but my ONLY meal in my ONLY day.
It is not morbid.
It is reality.
It is not morose.
It is fantastic.
Today I walk. For now, I speak to my loved ones. Today I am here. Today I live today.
When we measure our life by days and not by decades or sections, not by jobs or seasons, there is a sense of wonder that comes quietly in and receives from God’s hand with a thankfulness such as can never come when we live the past-again and the never-future.
In the midst of suffering, the Father says, “It is only this day.” And I know I can bear this day by His presence in it. I cannot endure tomorrow – nor project it onto this day.
This is true Thanksgiving to the Creator and Provider: to live each day of all the days He gives. This day is fascination with the adventure of knowing Him and He is known only…day by day.
All His days, whether free or bound, suffering or flying…all His days are gifts of life and the chance to know Him. Above all, now we can experience the exuberant thanksgiving of the only Human who has ever had a perfect and eternally grateful heart toward God.
Jesus Christ lives in me, in you…to give unending appreciation to our Heavenly Father whose “name is hallowed!” And who is to be enjoyed forever!
Copyright © 2006 Martha Kilpatrick