January 06, 2010

Better than I Was

This year I have decided that the 52 Blessings challenge will go hand in hand with scripture.

Haven't you ever read a scripture and it touched your heart? Even if you read that same scripture several times there is that one time where it was exactly the words you needed to hear.

That is exactly how I feel about the following scripture. I know that I complain more than anyone when it comes to time. There is never enough, it moves too fast, I never feel like I am caught up.

Well, when I read the following scripture it suddenly dawned on me that time is not my enemy. There is a season for everything a time for all that I do. In the end it isn't the lack of time that is my enemy it is what I do with the time I have.

Psalm 1:3

"And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper."

Our lives are full of seasons.

Our youth a time to grow, blossom and delight in the warm spring sun. We may suffer a storm or two but we are resilient and full of faith and plans.

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Then we move into the summer of our lives where we soak up the sun, we feed our souls, learn, grow and become wiser.

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Of course there is a fall and winter to our lives.

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However, I have to say that I am probably in the summer of this life. Instead of fretting about the loss of time I need to live in this season and in this time.

So much easier said then done.

Who wants to move backwards anyway?

I know that I am better person than I was. Which means if I keep growing I will be a better person than I am.

I am thankful for the opportunities I have to learn to grow and bring forth the fruit of this season.

Prayers and Hugs,

3 comments:

Kathryn said...

This was lovely. I love the photos too...it brings home your point.

Yes, we need to cherish all of it...the good and (what we perceive to be) the bad.

'Cause heaven forbid...it could be so much worse and then we'd give anything for a second chance at THIS...right now.

Willow said...

Our Bishop frequently talks about becoming the person that God sees. We always see ourselves as flawed, sinnful, imperfect, unworthy. However, the Lord sees our potential; as what we can and will become, as beings full of love, beauty, grace, and perfect.


I think that idea ties in with your thoughts on time. Because we get so bogged down in the minutia of life -- the places we have to go, the work we have to do, the schedules we have to juggle, we get caught in the moment and lose track of the eternal. We are petty/cynical, but we will become loving, giving, and forgiving. We are flawed... but we will become perfect. Time is the key to our 'becoming.' And you are right, it is all in how we use our time.

For my two cents, I am proud of the progress you have made.... and I love you even when you are onery and snarky. =)

Willow said...

P.S. I don't know how far I walked, but Gordon and I walked to scouts tonight. Okay, that was like 3 blocks... no biggie. However, I then walked for the hour that he was at scouts and then he and I walked home.

It was a good chance to talk with my boy, but geepers!...I should have warn a warmer jacket.

I won't tell you the temperature because you would laugh at my wimpiness, but I am still shivering more than an hour later.