Daily Devotional April 25, 2022

Early this morning, the dogs and I stepped out into the darkness for their morning routine.  We got soaked in the pouring rain.  I gave God thanks.

Earlier in my life, when I lived in town, I would have found this to be a huge irritant because the rain would be nothing more than an inconvenient nuisance.

I never really thought about the rains as a necessity because I would turn on the faucet and water would always be flowing.  I took water for granted. 

Now that I have hay to grow and livestock to raise, I am always aware of need for water as I watch the level in the stock tanks go up and down.  Today’s rain is not something I take for granted.  It’s a blessing.

It’s all about perspective.

Allan is head usher at the early worship service.  He is one of the first people I talk to on Sunday mornings.  Our conversations always begin the same way.

I will ask Allan how he’s doing, and his response is, “Living the dream.”  He means it.  His perspective is that he’s incredibly blessed.  

This does not mean every aspect of his life is perfect because it is not.  But Allan can see in both the good and bad of life, there are blessings he refuses to take for granted.

It’s all about perspective.

As you begin this new work week, you will make a choice about perspective.  You can see life as something blessed or take it for granted.  But, by taking everything for granted, the very best you can hope for is an anemic existence.  This is not God’s will for your life.

Begin this morning by giving God thanks for the infinite blessings you experience daily.  This will allow you to tackle the challenges coming your way from a very healthy place.

In helping others live out of a good perspective, Paul said, So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.”  (Colossians 2:6-7)

How you live your life is about perspective.  It’s a choice.

Prayer:  Dear Gracious Heavenly God, open my eyes so I may see my many blessings.  Give me a heart of thankfulness, joy, and peace.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

As I am working on this morning’s devotional, thunder is rumbling, and rain is pouring down.

As the great theologian, Travis Tritt said, “It’s a great day to be alive.”

I pray your day is filled with joy and laughter.

Tom Robbins