I should have known Monday wasn’t going to be my day. Life was working against me; it was as if I had already been tried, convicted, and sentenced before I knew there was an issue. I’m not the first one. People down through the ages have faced this same type of attitude. You can tell from the first words of the conversation! It was as if I was replaying the scene in the trial of Jesus.
“Pilate said, ‘You take him. Judge him by your law.’
The Jews said, ‘We're not allowed to kill anyone.’” (John 18.31)
What was the charge? Where was the evidence? Who were the witnesses?
Yesterday was one of those days. The final cap came as I settled into my hotel room in Southern California. I turned my notebook on and found my screen cracked! The good news is that I don’t know if all the “bad” things are actually bad or merely blessings in disguise. Were all the obstacles put in my way so I wouldn’t be in harms way? Was a potential problem avoided because of my absence? Were there opportunities to help others because of my presence in a particular place (even if it was not of my choosing)?
I have no idea “why” all the bad things happened. I do know that this is not really the “real” question. The question is this; did I try to help where I could? Did I reach out to keep someone from metaphorically falling? Was I a giver of all that I have been given?
I find myself dealing with the stuff of yesterday and looking forward. Everything is a fresh opportunity; “game on” as others might say! The chance I need was and is here; opportunities to make a difference. It doesn’t matter what others did or do; what matters is my response. Am I reflecting the values and priorities I hold most dear?
The question isn’t just mine. Everyone, you included, has the same chance to make a difference. Reach out, be active, be present. Seize the day!
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