‘And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” ‘
‘And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. ‘
2 Corinthians 9:8 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/2CO.9.8
Today, I am grateful for my home gym. Six months before covid hit in the spring of 2020, I decided that I wanted to build out a home gym for weightlifting and cardio. I had plenty of space in my unfinshed basement and I got started with a squat rack, barbell, and an assortment of free weights. Later, in the middle of the COVID crisis, I ordered a Concept 2 rower, a couple of gymnastics mats, and I have picked up various other items along the way. I use my home gym nearly every day and I am in far better shape today than I was 18 months ago. For my home gym, I am grateful.
‘All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.’
2 Timothy 3:16-17 my.bible.com/bible/111…
Today, I am grateful for a clean house. We spent much of the day cleaning. Cleaning upstairs, downstairs, all-over. Things got mopped, vaccumed, and swept. My fitness center in the basement got a much needed and long delayed reconfiguration and cleaning that made it much more useable and better. For a clean house, I am grateful.
‘We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” ‘
2 Corinthians 10:5
Today, I am grateful for air conditioning. It’s been hot and seems like it’s going to continue bring hot. So, for a cool place to sleep thanks to air conditioning, I am grateful.
The people you surround yourself with says a lot about the person you are and who you are looking to become. If you seek out good people, you will find good results. You cannot find success in life by allowing unreliable people in your life.
“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Today, I am grateful for loyalty. Loyalty is the combination of love and faithfulness in action. This is a quality often lacking in today’s society. When you find someone loyal, you know that is someone you want in your corner. Those who are willing to stick by you in good times and during challenging times are a rare find. For loyalty, I am grateful.
“The moment you realize you are not present, you are present. Whenever you are able to observe your mind, you are no longer trapped in it. Another factor has come in, something that is not of the mind: the witnessing presence.” - Eckhart Tolle
“Now I want you to know, brothers and sisters, that what has happened to me has actually served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. And because of my chains, most of the brothers and sisters have become confident in the Lord and dare all the more to proclaim the gospel without fear.”
Today, I am grateful for my son David. He turned 17 today and is becoming a fine young man. Watching him change from the fun little dude he once was to the responsible and confident adult he is becoming has been so much fun. I look forward to seeing where his life takes him, and I am forever thankful to be his father. For my son David, I am grateful.
Today, I am grateful for ice cream. It was a hot day to day and, to celebrate the official start fo summer, we stopped at a small ice cream shoppe for a scoop of awesome ice cream. It really hit the spot. Such a nice treat on a hot summer day. For ice cream, I am grateful.
You only truly evolve by b eing present in the moment. That is where you need to be - not the future, not the past - the present.
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” - Eckhart Tolle
God is with you - today and every day. You have no reason not to be strong and courageous. You have no reason to fear. God will deliver.
“David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
Today, I am grateful that I have the skills and training necessary to know what to do in an emergency medical situation. I needed to put my skills to work today and, thank God, I was able to do what was needed. For my EMS skills and training, I am grateful.
We are always free to chose how we respond to any situation. No one but you can make that decision.
“Between stimulus and response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” – Viktor Frankl
Give your sins up to God and you will be forgiven. Every time. Without question.
“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets.”
Today, I am grateful for Google Maps and GPS. These two technology, in unison, get me pretty much everywhere I need to go - accurately and the fastest way possible. I have no idea how people got anywhere with paper maps shoved a glove box. For Google Maps and GPS, I am grateful - and at the proper location for baseball.
Accepting your present reality seems to be a pretty straightforward concept, but it proves to be very challenging in practice. How often do you fight what is already done or try to change what has already happened? All the time. We very rarely live in the now as if it were what we chose. I think I struggle with this every day. If I could successfully do this, consider how easy life would be, how simple forgiveness would be, and how much more enjoyable my outlook would be.
“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.” – Eckhart Tolle
Forgiveness is a key component in faith, yet it is so difficult in practice. I struggle to understand how we are all forgiven by God so easily when it is so hard for us to forgive others. We seek retribution for the slightest issues. We want “payback” for the driver that was rude on the way to work. We carry pain, fear, and anger with us everywhere we go. Forgiveness removes all of these problems. Simple, but not easy.
“And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Today, I am grateful for the automatic dishwasher. I love loading that thing up with filthy dishes, pressing the go button, and unloading clean and sanitized dishes. It saves so much time and effort and makes my daily routine so much easier. For the dishwasher, I am grateful.
I can see where this concept is hard to internalize. We have all become so focused on improvement and climbing the ladder that the idea of doing something without that intention is very challenging.
“Meditation is the only intentional, systematic human activity which at bottom is about not trying to improve yourself or get anywhere else, but simply to realize where you already are.” Jon Kabat-Zinn
It’s pretty clear from reading the Bible that God wants us (His people) to know that he gives us strength to get through anything. That if we focus on the Lord, we can accomplish great things.
“The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.”