Ecclesiastes 8:14-15 “There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: the righteous who get what the wicked deserve, and the wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless. So I commend the enjoyment of life, because there is nothing better for a person under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany them in their toil all the days of the life God has given them under the sun. ” NIV
These days it’s very easy to get distracted by the little things in our life. Or the little thing. Sweet Lyric is such a perfect distraction to our chaotic life. She makes us stop and rest, stop and smile, stop and be glad. Her complete dependance upon us for everything makes us aware of how careful we must be to be good stewards of her life. I am suddenly more aware of the things in the world which are of questionable value. How much of what I was filling my mind with is meaningless. How much time I waste on things that are not eternal. I look into her little face, so fresh from the presence of God, and I am energized to put my priorities in order
I am reminded these days that my God is a God of second chances. No matter how many times I have fallen, no matter how many mistakes I have made, no matter what chances I may have missed, my Abba forgets all my yesterdays and let’s me try again. What an amazing concept this has become for me. It’s not a free ticket to keep doing bad. It is not a bandage for a wound that will never heal. It is the gift His Son suffered and died for. I can get up every morning and be just like sweet Lyric. New and ready to face a day that is full of endless possibilities. If I missed a chance to help someone in need yesterday, He will send them across my path again today. If I raise my voice in frustration to my children or my sweetheart, He reminds me to ask forgiveness and make amends. He gives me another chance to be the wife and mother He wants me to be. If I get busy and miss my time with Him, He whispers to my heart and reminds me He is waiting to speak to me.
I used to spend so much wasted time worrying about what I didn’t get done. I would hear the voices of my past rising up to cover the success of my today. I would constantly be reminded of my failures and my shortcomings. I wallowed in self pity. Yet what I have learned from this all is that my words can wound, my silence can be very loud indeed, my blindness to someone’s need can also make me blind to the beauty of the blessings that I am given. There is no such thing as constructive criticism if the words I use make someone feel like their worth is questionable. There is no point in offering praise if I am trying to impress and my words are false. What I learned is that I never want to be the reason that someone feels pain. I never want to be the reason someone misses out on an opportunity to see my Abba through me.
This precious gift, sweet baby Lyric, is a daily reminder that I am given the chance to be joyful each and every day. I am reminded to smile and slow down. I am reminded that not every day is going to be great and wonderful. Some days I will wonder just what I did to deserve what is happening on that day. But if I just do the things that Abba asks me to do, the day to day tasks, my devotions, caring for my family, loving my sweetheart, changing a few diapers (ok that’s not on the list but it’s become sort of required around here!), smiling and being grateful for every little thing, He will make the tasks easier. He will bring a smile to my face more often. He will give me friends and family who love and support me. Remember today that your Abba wants you to live a joyful life. Smile and make the best of every little thing He puts in your path today.