Rain, rain go away, or not! Over the last few weeks, we’ve had a lot of rain. I love the slow rainy days, especially if I don’t have to go out in it. There are so many benefits to rain. It nourishes the ground, causing new life to bloom. It washes away impurities from the plants and trees. It cools the flame of forest fires.
Rain replenishes the earth with fresh water, giving us cleaner oceans and adding moisture to the air. We reap so many good things from rain, but rainy days can also make us feel tired, lazy, and nonproductive. We want to sleep. Rain, just as in life, the good generally outweighs the not so good. The majority of people I know would say that their blessings far outnumber their disappointments.
Today, I have a task that I would rather not have, but as I look out the window watching the rain, I am reminded of the many blessings in my life. I would say unequivocally that the good in my life far outweighs the not so good things that I experience from time to time.
I would say, “the next time we are feeling the need to complain about life, think of the benefits of the rain” Just as the rain has benefits so does the not so pleasant things that happen in your life time to time. God has a way of bringing good out of a not so good situation.
Evelyn Johnson-Taylor PhD
Thank you Kristen for inviting us to speak at the Stroke Caregiver’s support group at Florida Hospital today. Met some awesome caregivers.
Earlier this week I attended the memorial service of a dear friend. The service was beautiful and there were many great memories shared by all. Although it was a sad occasion it also was a time of reconnecting with longtime friends. Some of them I had not seen or spoken to in many years.
Why am I writing about this you may ask? The answer is simple. Learn to say yes to more opportunities, and more invitations. Take advantage of every chance you are given to share and show love. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings, holidays or any family/friend get together should be a priority. Spending time with people you love is important.
If there is one thing I learned from my dear deceased friend, it is to live life to the fullest. When we live our best life we live a life of few regrets. The world has many kinds of people. All of them have a choice of whether they enjoy life or just exist in life.
We only pass this way once, so I say why not enjoy it. Purpose to say yes when opportunity presents itself, you never no who needs what you have to offer. If I could say one thing to my younger self, it would be “don’t get so busy building a life that you neglect to live life.”
I’ve heard it said many times, “I’m going to live life on my own terms.” Well, I do not wish to live life on my terms but on God’s terms. Even when we think we know what is best for us, many times we do not. I want to be where God wants me to be and when He wants me there.
I do not wish to arrive too early or too late. My timing often is off, but His timing is always perfect. When we try to do things on our own, we struggle for years trying to accomplish what could have been done in one day. Have you ever experienced something just open up to you? Something that you have been trying to work out on your own and it suddenly works. Timing has everything to do with us accomplishing our dreams in life.
Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” God will renew the strength of those who wait for His perfect timing. Stop worrying so much is easy to say but not always easy to carry out. Many times when people say “I’m not going to worry about it,” what they really mean is I’m not going to talk about it. I can tell you from experience, not talking about an issue does not mean you are not worrying about it.
We all can agree that worrying does not change anything. I recommend that you go to bed, get a good night sleep and allow God to work things out in His time. Many times while we are resting, He is working. Things tend to look better in the morning. His timing is not our timing but His timing is best. Make a decision today to stop living life on your own terms and live them according to the plans that God has laid out for your life.
Every morning gives us new opportunities to do better. What did you do yesterday that you would like to try again? Perhaps you didn’t speak to the person who checked you out at the store register. Maybe you were rude to another driver or neglected to get any physical exercise in. Whatever you neglected to do yesterday, guess what? Today is a new day. Do not let this day go by without taking advantage of new opportunities.
Set goals for your day. A day lived without purpose is a wasted day. Maybe your purpose today is to share a smile or a helping hand. It’s a new day. Let’s make it happen. All we really have is this moment of this day. Tomorrow is not promised.
I want to embrace every opportunity that God gives me to make a difference this day. When life is finished there are no do overs. Let’s try hard to live life with no regrets my friends.
Dr. Evelyn Johnson-Taylor