Today I am grateful for the moments I gave myself to read the scriptures this morning before work. It was good to be reminded that every single person is called to share the gospel message of Jesus Christ. We are each called to teach repentance, returning, and unity with God. As we do so, we stand together. There is great wisdom in standing together. There is great wisdom in extending invitation. There is also great wisdom in choice. God loves everyone and wants them all to come, but He will never force anyone to return nor to repent. The choice belongs to every individuals. I also really loved the reminder that we learn not only from and through the power of the Holy Ghost, we learn from Jesus Christ Himself.
Today I am thankful for my Prayer study. Today’s focus is on repentance. It is a humbling thing to begin your day ask God to point out things you need to repent of and then to have them brought to your attention throughout the day. I wrote them down. My list filled 3 sticky post-it notes.
“Repentance is understood not as mere regret over the past but as a new vision for the future rooted in courageous commitment in the present.” – Father Alexis
I read this quote today. The phrase “courageous commitment” resonated with me. I thought about it all afternoon. What does “courageous commitment” look like? I may have to think on this idea more.
“We all want to progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-face and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.” – C.S. Lewis
Be brave. Ask the question. God will answer this prayer. But it is not a bad thing. It’s just hard… sometimes.
“Dear God, help me to move past regret and bless me with an added measure of “courageous commitment” to overcome_______.”
One thing I’ve learned throughout the day today is that it is okay to not be perfect. The righteous person is the person who continues to repent… who keeps trying… who keeps returning… who makes their way back to the covenant path every day.
Repentance is an opportunity to get back on the path. Repentance is how we clip in for safety. Repentance helps us to focus on the end yet helps us to be mindful and in the moment as we journey toward godliness. Repentance helps us to lose focus on what we did wrong and to focus on God’s love for us. Repentance leads us back to the pen… back to the safety and the watchful eye of the Good Shepard.
Today I am grateful for the opportunity to greet my friend Rachel at the door this morning at work and to hold it open for her. Her hands were so full. It was nice to serve her.
Today I am grateful for Lynn, and Jeff and Julie who checked in with me throughout the day to see how I was doing.
Today I am grateful for Donna and Gill who came running when I called for help getting a student where they needed to be on the first day of in-person school.
Today I am grateful that I got caught up with grading.
Today I am grateful that I got caught up with emails.
Today I am grateful Jeff got some boys to carry heavy boxes so that the shop got cleaned up a little.
Today I am grateful that my choreography worked!
Today I am grateful that my attitude was better in my finally and long meeting this evening.
Today I am grateful that John, once again, made a yummy dinner. I didn’t get home until 9:30pm… but it was good.
Today I am grateful for the fun interactions I had with Lilli and that Kimber texted some cute pictures and that McKay posted some game time of Beckett’s baseball game.
What are you grateful for today?