Monday, September 13, 2010

Opportunties - Day 8

Colossians 4:5  

5Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; 

make the most of every opportunity.


8For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light 9(for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth)
 10and find out what pleases the Lord.

 15Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,
16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil

 Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 
19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. 
Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 
20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything,
 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Last evening the sky was brilliant with color as the sun was setting.  
I caught a glimpse of it as I was standing in front of my kitchen window washing dishes.  
It captured my attention and I wanted to soak it all in.  I quickly went to grab a cup of coffee so I could just sit and take it all in and enjoy the moment.

The sky was so breath taking that I wanted to capture it on my camera (love to take pictures).  So, I literally ran to get my camera.  I ran because I know how quickly the scene in the sky can change.  And so it did.  I was still able to capture a few pictures and felt some disappointment that my camera just could not capture the beauty that I saw with my eye's.  

Two things I thought of during this brief experience.

Too often We miss out on opportunities for Something God has for us or wants us to do because we're "so busy" or caught up in "our own thing"  Or we're just NOT PAYING attention .... listening, watching for what God has for us.

The opportunities, like the sunset fade away and are gone.  Every sunset's is unique.  

Second,  only we can experience what God has for in the moment.  We can try to save it like a picture and remember the moment in the future.... but just enjoy the MOMENT!  You can never truly recapture the sights, sounds, feelings of a moment.  It's a precious gift. 

Live in the Moment.... 
When Your seeking something.... You will find it.  Even in the mist of our daily lives, You'll find it.

God so wonderfully made us, we are incredible creatures.

We don't even know we're seeking things.  
But we are continually seeking. 
(unconsciously happening.... )

For instance, when I was blessed to become pregnant with my first child (after 5 years of praying and believing).... everywhere I looked I felt as though I saw pregnant women.  WHY, because I had a different focus in my life, Living and breathing a pregnancy.   

When I've thought about purchasing a new car... and liked a certain type of car.... everywhere I looked it seemed I saw this kind of car.  WHY, because I had a focus in my life of something I wanted.

What we desire takes over our life.   This is why we need to clean house.  Go with the Lord into each room in side of our minds.... opened up the closets, sweep under the furniture... open up the cabinets and get rid of that old stuff.  Old unhealthy thoughts, boxes of unforgivenss, resentments, bitterness.... OLD idea's and belief's that are not in sync with the world of God.   

Then  YOU HAVE to fill it with the things of GOD!  (1 Corinthians 13).  FILL it so there is NO room for any thoughts of unforgivness, resentments, bitterness.... anger.

Then Your Desire will be to please your creator.  Then Your desire will be to take care of HIS temple.  Then through your desire you'll see and seize the opportunities GOD has for YOU.

You will DESIRE healthy Foods
You will DESIRE exercise and activity

When I'm B A L A N C E D it's because my foundation is the "rock" (my Savior), and I'm taking care of my MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT.   This Prevents: falling, slipping  

When I'm focused on taking care of ME.... physically, mentally, spiritually.... I'll SEE OPPORTUNITIES that BRING me health and wellness.  

I will  make time for 15 minutes (at least) of feeding my MIND, BODY, and SPIRIT things that are healthy and Good
I will see Jesus standing besides me... ready to hold my hand, pat me on the shoulder to encourage me..... Carry me if I need him to.
I  will look for Opportunity to LOVE THOSE AROUND ME that God has put into my life.
I will CHOOSE and SELECT foods that bring my body LIFE! (not fulfilling my lust for food that has no nutritional value and choosing portions no bigger than my fist!)
I will seize every opportunity to MOVE!  walk, stretch.... Even if it doing squats while talking on the phone... or leaning against the kitchen counter and doing "counter push ups"... or stretching while watching the News on TV... MOVE MOVE MOVE  ..... seize opportunities to strengthen my body!
I will be the best I can be ...
I will respect my body and life that GOD gave to me as a GIFT
I will look for the opportunity God puts in front of me to be a witness for HIM

Salute!  to your Health and Wellness