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Attitude of Gratitude #25

Attitude of Gratitude #25: Smiles. Have you ever counted all the smiley faces that you encounter throughout one day in our world of technology? Does anyone really write anything without emoticons? I tried counting one time, and lost count after 100. It’s a scary world where we have to draw pictures that reflect our emotions. That’s why I am thankful for smiles…real smiles…smiles of my family…smiles of children…smiles of my dogs…smiles of the people that I pass on the street…smiles of the Trinity as I say my prayers…

Today, most of the kids at school were smiling ear-to-ear. No homework. No school. No grumpy staff. Just smiles. One second grader was so happy, she ran across the room and jumped in her mama’s arms, making them both smile, not to mention, the whole room that was watching.  Smiles are infectious., and I love days like this. Long time ago, I realized that smiles started in the mind. Once that choice was made, the smile reached my heart which warmed the smile as it progressed to my mouth and eyes. The neat thing about smiles is that as they pass into our lives, they also pass into the lives of those around you.

For awhile now, smiles seem to be harder to find. People are worried about so many things… the shakey economy…the political unease…the wars – foriegn and domestic…the tensions that seem to be mounting every day. It is good to fall back on the WORD in times like these:

“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Cor 10:3-5

When I remember this verse, I smile. It starts in my mind – goes to my heart – and radiates up through my mouth and eyes to pass out into the world that is waiting for a little sign of hope. That is why I’m for smiles tonight.

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Attitude of Gratitude #22

Gratitude #22: Contacts. Okay – I know – another weird one. But seriously – I am soooooooo thankful for contacts. Don’t have to worry about them fogging over. Don’t have to worry about raindrops decorating them. Don’t have to push them up my nose every 5 minutes. No line to deal with when I advanced to bi- or tri-focals. What’s not to like? Okay – Okay – believe me, I know there’s the whole dust in the eye stuff to deal with – and the slipping off to the top of the eye – and losing them down the drain…but all-in-all, I wouldn’t go back to glasses voluntarily for anything in the world. They have helped me see things more clearly than I had since fourth grade.

Third/fourth grade was when I decided that one of my classmates looked so cool in her glasses that I would get them as well. Imagine my surprise when I discovered I had to have bad eyesight to get them. Not a problem – I believed I could change that easily. All I had to do was do all those things my mom and dad told me not to do (which should have been my first clue that maybe this wasn’t such a great decision) – sit close to the TV – read in darken rooms and tell myself over and over – that my eyes needed glasses. By April of that year, I had glasses. It was my first cognitive lesson in how beliefs are internalized…and that sometimes…what we want aren’t always in our best interest.

Even with contacts, I walked in this world blindly focused with mortal eyes upon temporal things. But in allowing me this free will choice, God also opened up a door that would eventually lead to a step in faith. No longer could I see clearly without my glasses or eventually, contacts. I had to have faith that I could survive when they were broken or lost. Eventually, as I grew wiser, this Bible verse became a personal promise: “…while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” Cor 4:18 NIV

I’ve worn contacts now for almost 50 years. And while my free will choice so long ago was not one of the better decisions I ever made – it certainly wasn’t the worst. God gently shook His head, nudged me here and there and waited patiently for me to become a little wiser. So I am – once again – thankful for the technology of contacts because – at least – I don’t have to wear glasses. Monovision contacts may make me a little dizzy (or ditzy) at times, yett they have actually helped me see my “FAITH” a little clearer than I could have without them.

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