I recently had the opportunity to be south of Market Street in downtown San Diego. It was an area that I had not seen before, and it reminded me that every moment is the perfect moment to reside in gratitude. It is truly an area of San Diego that you don’t see on postcards.
We know that everyone is where they are by right of consciousness. We remember that Jesus said “it is done unto you as you believe” but not everyone is consciously aware of that. So we can offer gratitude to the person or people who brought us into this wonderful teaching, that reminds us of our power (because “it is the Father within that doeth the work”), and to our church’s founding minister, Dr. Marilyn Hall.
As I drove past rescue missions and homeless shelters, I was reminded of the wonderful home that I have. Rather than complaining because I am tired of the color of the walls, or that the neighbor’s dog barks too much, I can offer gratitude for the pillow on which I place my head every night.
My passport is feeling lonely–it has been a couple of years since I have been to Europe. But instead of complaining about that, I can offer gratitude for the experience of the little chocolate shop in Innsbruck, Austria; for the amazingly wonderful men’s department at Harrod’s in London; and for business class seats on United Airlines. And for the absolute knowing that my good continues to flow to and through me, so I will have those adventures again–those and better.
Thank you (in advance) to the wonderful volunteers who will be with me to love and support me tomorrow for our Sunday service (ushers, greeters, hospitality, audio and floor managers, Junior Church and others). Thank you (in advance) to everyone who will be with me tomorrow starting at 9 a.m.
Resentment and regret keep us from the luscious experience of gratitude. Sometimes we get lost in the loss when a job or relationship ends. But when we allow ourselves to look back in joy and gratitude, seeing the good that we experienced, we can look forward, knowing the best is yet to be.
Peace and joy to you.