The sister of a friend of mine recently posted the following thoughts regarding our perspective on how we’re doing in life. The reason I am posting here is that Ann Schmidt’s comments and observations point us to God and Him being the focus of our lives. I couldn’t agree with her more. Her observation follows:
Today was a good day. I have been in the habit, since going through some health issues a few years ago, of saying, when asked if I had a good day, “Every day is a good day; some are just better than others.” But today I was struck with what seems to me to be a truer thought: Every day God gives me is a good day; I just live some days better than others.
One of the tasks of my job is to provide information and instruction to callers. Some callers are pleasant or upset, angry or appreciative, quick on the uptake or needing extra patience. One of my calls today was from an elderly man who wanted to be sure he was doing what was needed to resolve an issue. He had a pleasant manner and was grateful for the help. His questions were somewhat repetitive, however, and I found myself on the verge of becoming impatient. At that moment, a memory of my dad flashed into my mind.
In his later years, Parkinson’s disease slowed my dad down considerably. But he fought to retain his independence and conduct his business himself. I came home from work one day, and he said, “I called my investment company today because I wasn’t sure what I needed to do. The nicest young lady helped me and was so patient with me.” It really made his day.
That memory made me realize, in my impatience, that I want to be that “nice young lady” to those I encounter. My attitude righted itself. On the way out to the car, my “Every day is a good day” saying was modified. I hope that I lived God’s gift of today a little bit better for the memory of my dad.
As we go into a Happy New Day and approach the day’s tasks, let us consider Colossians 3:23-24: “Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance. It is the Lord Christ whom you serve.” And let’s live the day a little bit better. Peace be with you.
May God give us the grace to lives our lives well. Thanks, Ann, for your insightful words.