Too often the autopilot of my life takes over and pushes my steps to places that I no longer see, hear, or pay attention to. How often have I woken up late – only to rush through getting ready, to get angry at other drivers for no real reason, and to run through my day in a virtual panic? How often have I been so wrapped up in something that I miss the incredible smiles of my spouse and children?
How often have I refused to stop in the midst of my overly busy schedule and see the gifts that You are holding out to me? To see the beauty of a sunset. To see the pure joy of a laughing child. To see the love and caring of people so desperate to give, but don’t know how.
Too often, my Lord. Too often.
Please my Father, my Lord, and my constant friend, hear me. Please fill my heart with thankfulness and awaken in me brighter colors, captivating creations, greater feats, and forgotten passions.
I carry a symbol of You everywhere I go. Every minute of every day, let that symbol be a reminder to me to thank you for something new. Please let me learn to walk with you in thankfulness.
Psalm 23 ESVST
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name ‘s sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.