Monday, April 9, 2012


It will most likely be late in the day before I realize how overgrown my life has become, as plans get strewn across the afternoon while people crowd around. Life has a way of suddenly flooding with activity, doesn't it? So when conversations rise as dense as fog, dulling my senses to my surroundings, it should come as no surprise that fatigue will set in, hanging low in the sky, lingering until dusk discovers night. But at the end of the day, despite all the busyness, my heart feels warmed by the people and events that fill my calendar. I believe that the call to live simply comes from a heart that loves deeply. So when our schedules become overgrown, let's take time to count our blessings, not in the same way we count days on a calendar or money in our pockets, but in the way we count answered prayers and priceless relationships.

When your schedule feels overgrown, are you able to find thankfulness for the people who fill it?

"I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me. God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God." -Philippians 1:3-11

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