Learning to Look for the”Great” In Every Day

by Erin Hollis

When I was a little girl, my dad often drove us to school.  Looking back I think those 15 minutes in the car each day have become some of his favorite moments in life.  He loved to sing loudly, scare us by abruptly screaming out at stop signs and wave to random people as we sped by.  He also found embarrassing us in the carpool line a daily requirement (still does, for that matter…).  Sunglasses with giant royal blue rims were his accessory of choice for the endeavor.  He would wait until we were just about to unload and throw those hideously gigantic shades on his face to greet our friends.  As our teachers and classmates would point and laugh I will never forget what he would say, “What kind of day are we going to have?!?!?”  He would wait until we responded.  Often times we declined.  So he would scream, GREAT DAY!!!”  No matter what kind of mood I was in, that one daily dialogue always brought a smile to my face.

Recently, I needed my dad to remind me of the importance of frame of mind.  The rain was coming down in thick sheets as we traveled down the road.  I had already burned the waffles that morning, slipped and fell down the stairs to the garage and now my oldest daughter needed to go potty fifteen minutes away from our destination.  I was ready to call it a day.  Crawl back in bed and hide under the covers.  As we crested a hill, I noticed a quaint little chapel nestled amongst some tall pines.  At the edge of the parking lot was a sign that read:

Every day will not be great.

But there will be something GREAT about every day.

Wow.  God shows up, doesn’t He?  Right when we reach the brink of desperation, He’s there.  Reaching a hand out to catch us from a fall.

I started to think about the message from the sign that day and my heart realized God was posturing me for an attitude adjustment.  Just like my Dad had done for me everyday as a child.  When we go through the motions each day it’s so easy to get worn down, beat up, exhausted.  That’s completely understandable.  We might even find ourselves leaning towards a “Negative Nelly” mentality at times.  But if we take a moment each morning before our feet even hit the floor to say, “Today is going to be a great day.  I have the gift of another day.  Let’s do this.” we have already taken the first step to start our day on a positive note.

So often in life attitude is everything.  Full disclosure: the fact that you woke up and continue to exist may be the only “great” parts of some days.  Don’t let that discourage you.  If we look at life through a positive lens (take for example giant royal blue rimmed sunglasses) we are destined to see the good in our reality rather than focusing on the bad.

“When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other.”  Ecclesiastes 7:14

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“I am a child of God, a wife and mother to my two greatest blessings. I dearly love my faith, my family and getting the most out of life!” Read her daily at http://www.erinbrownhollis.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

I Am That Baby

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I looked in the mirror this morning and realized I am the most important person in the world to God. And so is the next person. And the next person. Because God is all-powerful and omnipresent, it’s as if each of us has God entire giving sole attention to us. Do we fail to ask for His attention? If so, we grievously fail ourselves.

I’ve seen a baby ultrasound face picture recently, remembered the one of my daughter, and visited a Chinese friend and her newborn son. As I looked at my face in the mirror, I thought of that, how I was once that beautiful, brand-new creation knit together in my mother’s womb. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since then, of course, but – also of course – I am just as precious to God today as I was when tiny, helpless, and innocent.

And so are you.

In late September we buried the last of our parents, Jeff’s 93-year-old mother. Pictures from her youth were quite impressive at the funeral visitation. How beautiful she was, an 18-year-old war bride! That face at 93 – the one under the lid of the casket – suffered years of declining health. But no wrinkle, no pallor, no weakness mars beauty except to us, who sometimes forget what beauty is.

In these pictures, granddaughter and grandmother show remarkable family resemblance at similar age!

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Never forget how beautiful you are, and live accordingly! The world needs your beauty to shine forth in positive words and good works.

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Psalm 139:13-14

Betsy Lowery is a native of North Carolina who has lived in Alabama her entire adult life. A Dawson member, she is a graduate of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and an employee at Vestavia Hills Baptist Church in Vestavia Hills, Alabama. Her devotional book, Pause: Everyday Prayers for Everyday Women, was published in 2004. She is now offering regular excerpts from the book on Facebook at Books by Betsy Lowery under the heading “PAUSE to Remember.” She shares longer devotional messages at calledoutlife.wordpress.com and has two inspirational novels in the works that she hopes will be published. Betsy loves to spend morning time before work at Panera Bread, knitting or writing over breakfast. Betsy and her husband, Jeff, have two grown daughters.