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When my wife asked, “Did you air up that tire?” I should have stopped right then and taken care of it.  But I had pulled that trailer many, many times with a low tire, and I was in a hurry.

And it almost worked one more time.

But about 5 minutes from home last night, it just couldn’t take it anymore.  The tire blew!

So now, instead of getting home a little late, we got home an hour late.  And I get to replace a worn out tire – not a great way to end a wonderful day.

As I have reflected on our experience last night, I have been reminded that all of us run through life taking care of our responsibilities.  We go to work, take care of families and have other responsibilities on our plate as well.  All of us need inner strength to keep going.

But do you ever run low?

I have found that my time alone with God in prayer and reading is the only thing that will keep me running at the right “pressure.”  If I am running low, then the load I carry gets to be too much.  I might can handle for a while but eventually, something has to give – just like my low tire last night.

So this morning, get out the spiritual pressure gauge.  Take a few minutes to spend with God.  Don’t go through another day with low spiritual “pressure.”

Be blessed today.

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There are some candles in my study.  Every once in a while, I will be in a more contemplative mood and I’ll light the candles and turn off the overhead light just to create a different environment in which to focus.

Have you ever noticed what happens if you light a candle in a lighted room?  The effect is minimal.  I mean, you notice the candle but as far as it making a difference in the environment, you really can’t see much change.  But, when you turn off the lights, now all of the sudden, even one little candle is a game changer.  It creates much more light than you noticed before.  In fact, while the light may not be as bright, it still illuminates the whole room.

In a very dark world lacking hope and peace and joy – we are called to be that candle.  When we gather our little light in church, we are surrounded by a lot of other lights so the effects, while important, are minimal.  But, when we take our little light into the dark world, we can make a huge difference.

Be that light in someone else’s life today.

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Where Is Your Focus?

What one thing will you do today to make a difference?

So often, we start our day by looking at our calendar and To Do list and then just jump right in trying to get something done – to achieve that sense of accomplishment we get when we finish something.  I talked about that here.

But what if – today – we began a little differently?  What if, today, we thought about our day and focused in on one thing we will do to impact another person in a positive way?

It’s not that we won’t work on our To Do list or that we clear our calendars but that we simply focus some of our attention on making a difference in someone else’s life.  If we  aim at nothing, we most likely will hit it.

Today, focus on making a difference.

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A Labor Day Reminder

Yesterday was Labor Day here in the US.  A national holiday instituted in 1887, Labor Day is a day set aside to celebrate the workers of America.  What began as a way to recognize the economic and social efforts of the American workforce has become a day off from work (at least for some) when we have cook-outs and spend time with family and friends.

While that is a wonderful thing to do, I thought for a second this morning I would point out that God created us to be diligent and work.  I was taught that there is great satisfaction in a hard day’s work.  It is a healthy experience to get to the end of the day and turn around and look at what was accomplished through the day.

But is that all there is to work?  Just a sense of accomplishment in a job well done?  What about those days when you lay down at night and think, “I can’t think of one thing I actually completed today”?

Depending on your job, you may have many days like that.

But maybe we should approach our work with a different attitude.  Perhaps true fulfillment comes in working to please God.  When we focus on doing our best for God’s glory, even the menial tasks take on new meaning.  Brother Lawrence, a Carmelite brother from the middle ages said that he felt the presence of God among the pots and pans in the kitchen just much as he did at holy communion.

Today, approach each task with an effort to please God with your work.

See if it makes a difference.

Be blessed today.

 

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