FAITH

alphabet of thanks, A and B

A. 

I’m a day behind for the post a day challenge for November. We were gone for the week-end so I’m catching up today.” I will be trying to post something I’m thankful for every day. Some days it will be extremely short, sometimes long. Sometimes funny,sometimes serious.” 

Yesterday I was thankful for apples because my daughter and I canned applesauce together.

apples

apples

A fun experience. Her first. The kitchen smelled heavenly and there’s nothing more beautiful than a row of freshly canned produce.

applesauce

applesauce

 

Makes one remember how difficult life used to be but how rewarding. Makes me want to go can something.

 

B.

For today I’m thankful for my BODY. I am not saying it’s perfect. Hardly.

staying healthy

staying healthy

But this body has served me well for many years. Lately, it’s not doing so good. Things hurt way too much. Sometimes I get discouraged. But then God steps in and reminds me I can walk, talk, move my hands and feet.

have hands and feet.

Sometimes I look at others who struggle more in an attempt to change my perspective. But I don’t think comparing myself to those who are doing worse is a healthy way to gain perspective. It’s like saying, “I’m glad I’m not like them,” as though them were somehow inferior to me.

And yet it’s what we often do to change our attitude, isn’t it?

I think instead, I’d rather learn to be grateful for the fact that I have a body that functions.

It hasn’t stopped me from pursuing what I want to pursue. The pursuing just hurts now.

workout fatigue

workout fatigue

I don’t want to have to look at the misery of others to feel good about myself.

aging

aging

Instead I choose to just be grateful for gratefulness’s sake. If I can do that, then when I do see others who are suffering far more than me, I can look at them with eyes of real compassion not some trumped up version that’s meant to make me feel better by comparison. I can keep myself out of the equation.

 

compassion

compassion

apples and aging

apples and aging

There is absolutely nothing in scripture that suggests that the mercy and compassion we show to others should have anything to do with us. I think maybe that’s how Jesus loved. It had nothing to do with Him but with those to whom He ministered.

God bless and I hope you have a good evening.