This morning, I did my Facebook Live devotions about "one more thing." (See video below.) I took the thought from Paul's teaching in Colossians 3. In verses 12 through 15, he touches on several points, including forgiveness, patience, God's love, and His peace. At the end of verse 15, he says, "And always be thankful." It was as if he said, oh, and one more thing...
That's a positive one more thing, right? But personally, lately, it seems like I've had a lot of one more things that just add to the daily load. Maybe it's just me; I don't know. But it sure feels like each week, there are tons more "little" things to add to my daily load. For instance, I have been paying on a life insurance policy for about 8 years and never heard a word from them. Last week, they suddenly needed to visit with me. It was nice since they could do it using Zoom, but it was still just one more thing on a very busy day for me. And we made absolutely no changes to the policy. Lol. That's just one example, but it feels like there are tons more! And it seems like it's nearly daily. What do we do with these "one more" things?
Maybe we can combine Paul's "one more thing" with our many "one more" things and find a workable solution. What if, when we are in total overwhelm mode, we find something to be thankful for? It can be the silliest, or tiniest thing. But I am learning that when I choose gratitude, my attitude changes. Sometimes, I find something silly on purpose, then I crack myself up. But you know what? Laughter releases tension too, so it's good for us.
Today, as I navigate through another series of overwhelming "things," I will remind myself to purposefully look for things to be thankful for. Maybe I will just start with that truth that He gives us His peace, then I'll branch out to thank Him for love, grace, and mercy for today. And then, I'll just trust Him for one more day.Will you join me?