Today I am thankful for the moments that make up my life!
Our lives are made up of moments. A collection of different experiences, memories, activities and situations — that strung together, help to make us who we are. And like a photo album, we gather these moments in a place where we can pull them out, reminisce about them, cherish them and even cry over them.
For most, an album keeps track of mainly happy moments. Yet a person’s life album is filled with all of our moments. Good, bad, happy, sad, joyous, debilitating, momentous, mundane — a collage of emotions. What we do with those emotions, how we place them in our life “album” and how we react to them when we take them out, can set the tone for how we view life.
It’s the ebbs and flows, the ups and downs, that help us to grow. How we handle the lows has an affect on how we handle the highs. We cannot thrive on only one or the other. We need both to help us learn from and appreciate each.
I don’t know anyone who has had a life of only good or bad moments. Not one! Though how we embrace life within those moments is the challenge. In low moments, it can be very hard to see that a good moment may come at any time. Yet, Eventually, it does. Then we can get too comfortable and pray that the low moments do not return. Yet, eventually they do.
It’s not easy, but I’m trying embrace to embrace all of my moments— the good and the bad. When the good moments come, I try to intentionally give thanks for them and appreciate them as they happen. When the low moments come, I pray! To ask God for the strength to walk through that moment and to ask Him to show me what I am meant to learn from it. In all moments, I try to remember them with perspective — understanding that they all play a part in my life. And that no single moment — outside of accepting Christ — defines my life.
Romans 5:3–5 (MSG) says — “There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary — we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!
So I will praise Him in all moments. Each individual moment — good and low. I know that each moment is a gift from God, and all together they make up the album of my life! And I will give thanks!