Yesterday I was a taking a walk. Having summers off is a wonderful gift! I so wish every person got to have summers off! I have time to walk or bike daily. I'm loving it!
Anyways as I was walking by a cornfield a little puff of white appeared...just a few steps ahead of me. I lunged for it.
Yes! Caught it!
I held it up to my face, closed my eyes and wished, "May every person know you, sweet Jesus!"
I blew and watched as all the little white puffs danced in the wind. An excitement filled me as I thought what if every single person living today knew Jesus. No, I don't mean 'know of Jesus' I mean really know Jesus, talk to Him like a best friend, get lost in the love of their lives 'know Jesus.'
Instead of being consumed with worry because they were recently cut from their job, they'd have peace...Jesus knows, He'd work it all out.
Instead of being grouchy because they had snapped at their husband or kids that day, they'd apologize and feel the incredible grace of being forgiven by their most important people and the Savior who loves them, just as they are.
Instead of being overwhelmed by a to do list that is longer than a 24 hour day, they'd ask God to help them sort out what needs to happen and what can wait. Then when they accomplished the "need to's" they'd smile. They'd know they'd done 'just fine.'
Instead of getting stuck in the quicksand of negative thinking, How'd I forget to get my husband's laundry done? How'd I forget to get Madison to her orthodontist appointment? How'd I forget to send Matt his check? What is my problem? They would have the power to substitute God's truth and think of that instead. Jesus loves me, even when I mess up. He calls me 'His bride.' He knows my name, my every thought, my secret dreams and the things that drive me crazy about myself. He knows me...and He adores me. Just like the t-shirt Meredith bought the other day says, "I may not be perfect but Jesus thinks I'm to die for."
Instead of getting lost in the frenzy of busyness, going from thing to thing, they'd learn to live each day to the fullest, yes, still having to get some things done, yet valuing their relationships and committing to build there and apply generous amounts of time there, too.
I no longer wish for a swimming pool or a pony as I once did. No, I'm 45 and I may be a little wiser - maybe. :) But this wish can change a life. I know. It has changed mine!
P.S. Have questions about "how to?" Call me. It's my favorite thing in the world to talk about!