Thursday, April 9, 2015

Learn to "savor"

I have a word for today and the word is "savor".  This is the word I need today.  This is for me as much as it is for anybody else.  One of the things I struggle with at times is that I forget to savor what God has brought into my life.  Many times there are things that I prayed, and prayed, and prayed for and then when God delivers; I let those same things I prayed for, start to stress me out.  This is not a good thing.  The bible says that "the blessings of the Lord, make one rich and He adds no sorrow with it".  This is what I see in my life at times and in the life of others.  Lets say you pray and pray for a great house for your family.  Then God finally blesses you with a great house and you let it become a stress point in your life because you are so worried about keeping it clean and orderly.  Instead of being able to savor it, you are too busy trying to sustain it.  Then you pray to have children, but when you do give birth to that child that you have prayed for, you want to do everything right as a mom, so what happens is that your child becomes a source of stress for you. Instead of savoring your new baby, you are trying to do everything right.  Then you pray for a business that you want to start and God delivers, but instead of savoring it, you stress over it because you don't know how you are going to do that and everything else on your plate.  Lets say you are praying for more customers for your business, then when you get customers instead of savoring it, you are complaining about them.

I've seen this cycle play out in so many areas of my life and I think I'm ready to wash my hands of this.  To be honest, this is the culture of the world we live in.  This cycle robs us of our joy and peace.  Life is meant to be enjoyed, shared, and celebrated.  Honestly, I think many times when God blesses us, we feel like it's up to us to sustain the blessing.  So we put pressure on ourselves to do so and that's why we complain, because we are putting pressure on ourselves to sustain what only God can sustain.  God doesn't want us to attempt to sustain the blessings He has given us, He wants us to enjoy them and share them.  Don't get me wrong I know that life gets challenging, I know there is alot that we go through.  I know that everything we go through is not "good".  But when we don't stress ourselves out, God can take something bad and work it out for your good.  With this in mind I want to emphasize the importance, to myself and everybody else, of practicing the art of "savoring" your blessings.  It is not something that is going to happen naturally.  It requires us to stop, consider, and reflect.  You have to take a pause at times in order to place your life in the right perspective.  Keep your life aligned with how God wants you to think, so you can enjoy life the way God designed you to enjoy it.   

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