Take Time to Smell the Roses…and Rejoice!

In a day’s time, what have we missed because we are so involved in our jobs or daily routines? Did we ignore our husband or child as they were off to school and work? Did we feed the dog and go back to plugging away at our newest Facebook posts or making sure we select a great retweet for the day? Did we eat lunch on the run or grab a candy bar to snack on instead? Did one thing happen, then another, and another, and another, that hindered your productivity or have you been blindsided by an unexpected dilemma?

Each day seems to be getting shorter and shorter, and a point of singularity is developing all over the world; a point where if just one fiber is out of place, the whole thing will unravel. We see an increase in every form of destruction: physical, mental, and cultural. Many are becoming aware that something just isn’t right and there is a “disturbance in the force.”

In the book of Luke chapter 21, Jesus speaks about the things that are to come before His return. Most people know of this chapter and what it entails: nation will rise against nation, great earthquakes, plagues and famines, there will be signs in the sun, moon, and stars, etc. It also says that those who believe in Christ will be persecuted before the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

How can we take the time to smell the roses and rejoice with all of these events going on?

Luke 21:28 says “And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.”

Don’t be shaken by the events taking place in the world, they are temporary, and they must happen, but those who believe are to rejoice! Why? We should rejoice because Jesus is coming back! We should live every day with awareness of this fact and by watching and waiting for His return. Concentrate on what God said and keep your mind on things above…not on what the nightly news said. Pursue the Kingdom and place yourself in right standing with God by following His instructions through His Word and through the Holy Spirit as best as you can. We are all a work in progress, and we should be helping others get up and keep going, not tearing them down when they mess up.

Are you a parent? Remember that feeling when your precious 5-year old gave you a picture of yourself as a stick? Didn’t matter that you were a stick…what mattered is that he thought of you. God wants that kind of relationship too.

Take time to appreciate the small things in life like a beautiful flower, a child’s laugh, or a father’s hug. Take a moment and thank God for the air you breathe, the roof over your head, the meal you ate. God wants us to remember Him in even the smallest things.

So, take in a deep breath, leave the worries of the day as you breathe out, and whisper to God. Let Him hear His name on your lips and the thanksgiving in your heart. Rejoice that you and I can be in the presence of our Creator with just a thought.


Blessings and Honor,



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