Tuesday, December 12, 2006

What's Important.

Ya know, I'm having a bit of a "so so" kind of morning. My shower was CRAP and the antifreeze light came on (again) when I started up my car. Not to mention the wipers are still acting up. I got to work...dreading coming in and my boss annoyed me right off because I had given her this letter about all that I've got going for the holidays - really, just checking in sort of a deal with a few questions. Well, she gave it back with a few things marked and when I was IN HER OFFICE she never said a word about any of it. Isn't that her job? So, I told myself this morning that I'm going to have a pleasant attitude and a cheerful countenance because my mood does, whether I realize it or not effect the seniors who come in and my co-workers. I want to reflect the joy of Christ in a season that for many around here is lonely and filled with grump of their own. SO, that's my goal today...this dreary, rainy day full of more hurry than rest I will be cheerful and remember that I am blessed with a job and a car even if they are both giving me grief. I am blessed with the man of my dreams...even if he is 300 miles away, and I am blessed with a country that allows me to practice loving my God any peaceful way that I'd like to public or private.

So, after taking a second to be thankful for my many blessings...grief that they bring and all...I opened my e-mail. There in my box was an update from a friend who's teaching in China. Amidst the struggle she has there were the words:

“Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts,since as members of one body
you were called to peace.And be thankful. Let the word of Christ
dwell in yourichly as you teach and admonish one another with allwisdom, and as
you sing psalms, hymns and spiritualsongs with gratitude in your hearts to
God. Andwhatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all inthe
name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God theFather through him.” Colossians
3: 15-17

and I said "Yeah." That's just what I need to do. I'm thankful for this reminder and I pass it along to you...a reminder that we choose our mood and we choose what others see in us. May we today choose Christ.