Born Again –
I desire to be born again, each day emerging from a blanket cocoon, different from the person I was yesterday. Each day we take steps toward who we will eventually be at the end of our lives. Some are making progress toward love, grace, kindness, and peace, others walk in another direction.
What we do today determines who we will be tomorrow. This is a truth I try to live by. What we put our minds to, invest our emotions in, allow our spirits to inhabit, shapes the person we’ll be tomorrow and in the future. We underestimate the “big” and “little” experiences we encounter each day. We dismiss character flaws, hidden hurts, negative habits, and other behaviors and attitudes that either place chains on our souls.
To emerge, new each day, takes work today. We choose where our path will go, not what our path will go through, but its destination. We can’t make our path easy or difficult but we can decide how we handle both. The decision isn’t on tomorrow’s agenda but today’s.
Yesterday I demolished an old Pergola whose support beams were rotting in the ground. It had already begun leaning and I knew it wouldn’t take much to take the rest of it apart. I stood directly under it and pushed, but instead of falling at an angle it came straight down! Beth, who was doing some painting a few yards away asked; “Do you need some help?” “Yes!” I screamed and she came running over to give me the extra boost I needed to gently lay it down instead of being squished underneath it. “My hero!”
Wisdom tells us that life, at times, will give us more than we can bear ourselves. The heavy burdens we carry can get too much for us to handle. We are blessed if we can count on others who will help us shoulder the load, be there for us to get a grip and not be crushed under the burden.
Be thankful for friends such as these and do not take them for granted.