Advice for Young and Old
7 Light is sweet; how pleasant to see a new day dawning.
8 When people live to be very old, let them rejoice in every day of life. But let them also remember there will be many dark days. Everything still to come is meaningless.
9 Young people, it’s wonderful to be young! Enjoy every minute of it. Do everything you want to do; take it all in. But remember that you must give an account to God for everything you do. 10 So refuse to worry, and keep your body healthy. But remember that youth, with a whole life before you, is meaningless.
TRUTH ~ When I was young, I didn't realize the value of a day.
I went through much sorrows and carried that from day to day. It all began as a child, but mostly when I was 18 years old when my dad died. I learned quickly how much life meant and I always wanted my mom to live again. I was not dead and I wanted my mom to smile again. A long study, but the bottom line is 40 years living in tears and never really moving forward in life.
When my dad died, her life became filled with regrets, sorrows and anger. I never seem to do anything right. I tried very hard, but I just wasn't good enough. Living a life of trying hard, but never quite making it. Until the night before she died, she spoke words I waited to hear for 40 years. She said, I was a good daughter and she was sorry for all the lost years. Darlene prayed that I would hear words before my mom went to Heaven and I did. Wow moments and I didn't have a clue she would die the very next day. God had a way of bringing all the those years into a moment of time.
TRUTH ~ God word remains the same.
Never stop believing or pressing forward in life. Somebody needs my story and somebody needs your story. We are not the same and our experiences mixed together are powerful. Prayers matters and it changes us. We learn to hold on through the years of change and we see moments that change us forever. I love my mom greatly and I only wanted her to live again. I told my story to my friend Laura and I believe it impacted her life more than I know. I value time with others and it's the greatest gift you can give anyone.
Years turned into a living changing moment for the positive. Think about a time when you wondered how you could do something and you did it! Think about when you gave your heart to God and it felt amazing. Think about some positive things in life and be good to yourself. Celebrate yourself today and share life with others. Do something good for yourself today and let it spread out. God is faithful and brings us through the hardest things of life not to stop us, but to help us.
When I felt sad, I often just go outside in the sunshine. There is something about the sun that makes me feel warm inside. I can do nothing but sit there and just feel better. I would like to relate that to you today. Be someone's sunshine today, go spread some warmth inside another's heart. Time is priceless and you can find a lot of things to do without spending a dime. Sometimes when I wake up, I just open the front door to hear the birds singing and it brings sudden joy to my heart. It reminds me of the power of God and freedom to fly.
Life doesn't always turn out the way we think it will, but it has brought us together today. Just by you reading this, brings a smile to my face. I value your time and value those who comment back to me. You are important and never doubt that. Your example goes further than you might know.
It's a new day, new choices and living in the moment of now. Take your smile with you today and if you aren't going anywhere today, take moments to remember great things. A smile goes a long way and puts a joy feeling inside. My prayers continue for you, your family and friends. Happy NEW Day!