It really is the simple things in life that bring the most Joy. Many people believe the lie that they must reach a certain status in life to experience true joy and fulfillment when in reality the Lord has supplied all that we need to experience true peace and contentment. Doing simple things like spending time with children who see life with a refreshed vision can impact how we see life. Spending time outdoors looking at and enjoying God's creation can do so much to fill our hearts with the omnipotence of our
Father in heaven. The Lord wishes for our Joy to be full and when we focus on His creation, we can begin to see the beauty that surrounds us. Be encouraged to spend extra time to see life with a renewed outlook realizing that greatness surrounds you right where you are. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
I hope this message both inspires and challenges your heart to not take life for granted in this present time, but rather enjoy each day that God has given you to its fullest.
I had taken a few days off to visit friends in an area where we once lived. It has become the tradition when I go there, I get up early so that I can have enough time to stop for a cup of coffee and make my way to the pier just in time for the sunrise. On this visit I barely made it. By the time I was situated with my camera ready to shoot, the big red ball had risen just above the horizon. I could hardly contain myself. Such beauty. Such absolute undiminished beauty. The early morning with the ocean is no ordinary thing for this sometimes-want-to-be beach bum.
Two cups of coffee, almost two rolls of film and nearly two hours later I packed my gear and left. I left with a full heart because I had seen another sunrise. My heart was full because I can still see the sunrise. My eyes were able to focus. My eyes could distinguish the colors and the shapes. I was able to wake up and make my way to the pier. The ability to see is not something to take for granted. I am thankful I could see the sunrise.
My heart was full because I am still excited about the sunrise. There were times on the pier that morning I looked around to see if anyone noticed me or thought I was silly for taking so many pictures of the sunrise. I was concerned, but not concerned enough to stop. I was too afraid of missing a picture that I might not see again. I am thankful that I can get excited about a sunrise.
My heart was full because I can still be amazed by the sunrise. There are so many things that amaze us today. Space shuttles come and go. We receive clear pictures from around the world in a matter of seconds. Automobiles talk to us, televisions interact with us, and telephones provide us with information about the stock market. We can travel to distant places without leaving the comfort of our living rooms, and without a ticket. We can be dazzled, delighted, and elated by the advances in technology, but I am
thankful that I can still be amazed by the sunrise.
My heart was full because I can still be surprised by the sunrise. Surprised by the beauty. Surprised by the peacefulness. Surprised by the amazement. Surprised by the excitement. Surprised by the vision. Surprised that so few were there to be surprised. I am thankful that I can still be surprised.
My heart was full because I can still long for and enjoy time alone with God. I could have stayed in bed and missed the sunrise. The day before was long and no one would have blamed me. I could have ignored the alarm, pulled the covers over my head and snoozed the day away. But, I didnít because I wanted to be alone with my Father by the pier. I am thankful that I can still long for and enjoy time alone with God.
For some it would be no big deal? Itís just another sunrise. But, it is a big deal. It was another sunrise.
Enjoy a sunrise,
by Tom Norvell
In Christís Service,
Godís Work Ministry