I was walking home today and the sun was just setting. The beauty was stunning and was not done justice by the picture I snapped. Sometime the ending of things is seen as sad or unwelcome, but God in His greatness gave us something amazing at each days end. Beautiful and inspiring is the close of day and is a moment that will never be recreated.
The other day, I was flying home and looking out the window, this is what I saw. Blue sky stretching for mile. It is one of the things that I love to see.
The sky is never the same and when flying, there is a whole new perspective. The new perspectives are helpful in life too. We each have a unique perspective and sometimes if we step back and seek a new perspective.
Proverbs 11:14 tells us, “For lack of guidance a nation falls, but victory is won through many advisers.” With the counsel and perspective of others, there is wisdom.
Today, we had a heavy rainstorm and before it even stopped raining, I looked out my window and saw this rainbow.
I love rainbows… When I was little, I loved drawing them too. There are a couple reasons that I love rainbows. Rainbows only come after the rain. We may not appreciate the rain, but it takes the rain for the rainbow.
An other reason that I love rainbows is that it is a reminder of God’s promise. Genesis 9:12-14 says “God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations; I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud.” God promised that He would never again send a flood to cover the earth.
For many people today is about fun, food, fireworks and time off of work. While I love these things, I was reminded today about how much more we celebrate.
Walking around the Capitol today, there were people of all types, but there was also a large quantity of military. The different branches had all come in for the 4th of July parade. Each of these men and women have promised to serve our country, to protect our country and are willing to give their all to keep this promise.
I think back to a few hundred years ago… the 4th of July was the start of a new time… a new nation. Today, we should remember that we have been blessed with liberty and that we must preserve it. I know, because I am part of it, that the young generation thinks freedom is a given. However, we must remember what Ronald Reagan said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”
As we celebrate today, I am challenged to remember each one of the lives that has been given for us and the people who serve everyday. Our freedom is not free and today of all days, we should remember and be thankful.
I am thankful that I have a family that is loving and kind. Sure, we have our arguments, but at the same time, we know that we will always love one another. We have been through many things, sorrows and joys, fun and stress… None of it would have been the same without my family.
There is a book by Ann Voskamp and she talks about how she listed out 1000 things for which she is thankful… 1000 gifts that have been given to her. There are so many things around us each day that we often don’t even see.
I want to start sharing the things that I am grateful for and I would challenge you to do the same. For me, it helps me to see what is around me, the beauty, the unique, the unexpected… It creates in me a wonder at how I missed these gifts before.
Gratitude can change our lives, lets start by looking at the gifts that have been given to us.