This morning, I found the same quote, in full, at the bottom of my notepad. "Life is a shipwreck but we must not forget to sing in the lifeboats." - Voltaire
I was nestled into the couch, with my Bible in my lap and my coffee in my hand. I was trying to finish yesterday's reading in Job so that I could get caught up and start on today's reading. But, in the back of my mind, I was actually anxiously contemplating my schedule for today, which is full of appointments and a Rotary lunch meeting.
This quote stopped me short. "Life is a shipwreck." As I thought about this statement, I affirmed that this is true, in general. It reminds me of Jesus' words: "In the world you have tribulation..." (John 16:33)
And then, there is the little matter of perspective. I am not actually facing shipwreck today. I am blessed, but choosing a fearful perspective on my day. In order to shift my feelings and my perspective, I am going to end by counting my gifts this morning.
Still Counting Gifts:
- #948: Ben is baking fresh bread right now
- #949: My dad made the coffee so that all I had to do was stumble upstairs and find a cup
- #950: My schedule is full of clients
- #951: Our rotary presentation in on nuns who have dedicated their lives to God
- #952: I woke up early enough to enjoy the Lord, consider all of these things and write about them
- #953: Oatmeal with pomegranate seeds
- #954: God's grace and freedom from legalism (I chose to write instead of doing today's Bible reading and felt good about that decision)