The ONE THING for today

That one fun night at Ken’s pizza…

  • Zechariah 4:10 (NIV) Who dares despise the day of small things? 

I didn’t realize it at the time, but one of the most significant moments in my 36-year relationship (and still counting) with my wife was a date we had at a little mom & pop pizza place called “Ken’s Pizza”.  hot-slice-of-pizza-clipart-thumb2759981-copy1_1_

As far as I know I never met Ken (through his pizza was good) but that was the night that I really met my future wife.  That evening stands out to me to this day for it was on that date that I realized that I had had fun being with Sonja—good honest fun “fun”, not that awkward “I’ve-got-to-impress” you fun; it was that night that we probably first became friends, which is an important requirement for long-term lovers.

Neither of we two kids imagined that night those many years ago that 36 years later we would be married with two wonderful children, a wonderful daughter-in-law and son-in-law and five absolutely amazing grandchildren.  We had no clue, it was just a simple date.

Here’s the point: Enjoy the little things each day, for one day you will look back and realize that they were really the big things.

How do you do this?  Look for them.

Imagine that you have a son playing for your local High School football team.  What would you do when you attended the games?  You’d do what I’d do—you’d find your boy in that crowd of young men and you’d keep your eyes on him.  It would hardly matter what the other boys were doing (on either team) but every move your son made would matter to you.

In the same way, don’t allow all the “noise” of life to drown out the little voices that really, really matter to you.  Or put another way, don’t allow the “forest” of worries, responsibilities, and duties to cause you to miss that little tree that bears so much fruit of joy.

Look for and enjoy the little things.

It took a long time for me to learn this, but I’d also encourage to start an “I am thankful for…” list and force yourself to make an entry every day.  It’s surprising how many special moments, like little pebbles, that will drop to the bottom of your memory and be forgotten if you don’t take a moment or two to record them.

And you will be ever so thankful that you did record them on those quiet nights when the world seems to be closing in on you and you open up your “I am thankful for…” list and remember—remember the little things that turned out to be big things and you see the hand of God in it all and you realize you’ll blessed, God’s good, and you will make through the current storm.

“I must enjoy today’s happiness today.  It is not grain to be stored in a box.  It is not wine to be saved in a jar.  It cannot be saved for the morrow.  It must be sown and reaped on the same day.” _Og Mandino


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