Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sometimes You Can't See What's Right In Front of You

Home Videos. They are great for capturing moments in time. They also do something to my heart. When I go back and view videos from when my kids were little, I find myself thinking “How could anyone say ‘no’ to that sweet little face?” Or “Why was I so grumpy – she was so cute and innocent!”

I’ve also found myself looking at a moment in time from a different perspective. “How could I have not seen how skinny I was? Why didn’t I enjoy it more?” Or on the opposite spectrum – “Why did I not see I was gaining weight and do something sooner?”

Sometimes we just can’t see what’s right in front of us. We feel old when we are so young and vibrant. We waste time and days wishing and hoping for what’s not there and yet in 5, 10 or even 20 years we will look back and wish we had enjoyed ourselves more or loved what we had more.

Each one of us is blessed. Often, we can’t see what’s right in front of us because of wanting something different. Yet, if we could just pause and refocus our priorities, our vision, and our heart and attitude – I think our eyes would often clear and we’d see what often everyone around us sees.

Thankfulness, gratitude, joy, and contentment come with an attitude of the heart. It’s nothing someone else can give us. We just need to tune out the rest of the world, tune INTO the Lord, and focus on what God has placed in our lives. Focus on who we are and what we are doing with ourselves a lot more.

Regrets are awful. They just gnaw away at you. Don’t look back somewhere down the road and wish you would have enjoyed those God placed in your life more. Don’t wish you’d grabbed at opportunities in your life more. And don’t regret not loving and enjoying yourself more. For some day you will see the beauty in your life that God has always seen.


Angie said...

Just the reflections of my heart when I watch home videos when my children were little.. seriously I grieve how I was towards my children. I remember my heart at that time.. I most grateful that I serve and AWESOME God Who is willing and able to change me!
Thank you for such a reflective post.

Dionna said...

Angie - And the thing is - you have today to do differently. :)


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