I came to a profound perspective over the weekend: Today is the greatest day to be alive!
Yet, January is my least favorite month of the year.
There, I said it. It’s cold here in Iowa. Bitterly cold. I’ve spent every winter since my birth in this bitter Iowa cold, and as I age, it doesn’t seem to get any easier. Two weeks ago it was -17 degrees one morning. That’s not the wind chill, that was the actual temperature. Yikes!
Also two weeks ago we received close to two feet of snow. I never heard the exact amount, but my husband said two feet, so I’ll take his word for it. We were snowed in for three days, until our neighbor came by with his tractor and scooped a path down the road so my husband could get to work.
So, you can maybe understand why January is not my favorite. But my friend and fellow Iowan, Jennifer Dukes Lee, helped me see winter through fresh eyes last year, and that winter is a time for a slower pace, for restoration, for rest, and for hibernation (for animals, the earth, and even for us). I learned to embrace winter last year, and I’m happy to report this new perspective has carried through this year so far as well.
But the thing is, my pondering over the weekend led me past the weather, past the time or the season of the year, and even past my current circumstances. My pondering led me to a truth God taught me as I wrote my book, Right Now Matters.
That truth is this: Right now is the greatest moment to be alive. Which also means:
Today is the greatest day to be alive.
I share why, including the truth that today is the greatest day to be alive because God created this day, and also what God has to say about it in His Word. And, we make space for the real life issues of difficult circumstances, depression, and anxiety that can affect us, especially during the winter months. I also share four ways to can live as if today is the greatest day to be alive!
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I say we begin today.
Friend, what joy it is to embrace the truth that this is the greatest day to be alive. Go out there and make a difference in your corner of the world today. People need your presence and your gifts that only you can give, maybe now more than ever. I’m cheering you on today and every day. Thanks for being here. God bless you!
Links in this episode:
2 Corinthians 6:2 NIV
Psalm 118:24 NLT
Hebrews 3:13 Voice
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