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Today’s Truth

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!”

Psalm 118:24

Friend to Friend

It was just a quick check-up at the doctor’s office…or at least that’s what it was supposed to be. My “to-do-list” resembled a mile-long scroll and several deadlines loomed like thunder clouds ready to burst. But, the appointment would take just a few minutes. Just enough time to catch my breath.

“Good morning Mrs. Jaynes,” the cheery receptionist greeted. “May I see your insurance card please?”

We went through the regular check-in procedure and then I settled in a comfy chair with a magazine that I would not have normally read. I knew I wouldn’t have time to read a full-length article…since this was just a quick visit. My, oh my, the trouble those Hollywood folks get into.

Ten minutes turned into fifteen turned into twenty turned into thirty. My to-do list began growing heavier and heavier in my mind.

“Excuse me,” I interrupted the receptionist. “My appointment was thirty minutes ago. Did they forget me?”

“I’m so sorry,” she reassured me. “I’ll check on it right away.”

In just a few moments, a nurse appeared at the door. “Mrs. Jaynes, come right this way.”

My second stop was into a stark treatment room with more magazines. “Oh well, let’s see what Brittany did last year,” I mumbled to myself. At least I was in the room. That was good.

The clock continued ticking. With each passing minute my frustration grew. “I’m glad he’s not checking my blood pressure,” I grumbled to no one in particular.

Fifty minutes after I had walked into the office for my quick 5-minute check-up, the doctor walked into my room. My to-do list was magnified in my mind. My time was important too, you know. I didn’t have time to sit around and read out-dated gossip magazines!

The doctor was actually a friend of mine, but I was feeling less than friendly. Ice Queen is a description that comes to mind when I think of my probable appearance.

“Hi Sharon,” he began. “I’m sorry you have had to wait so long. I have been with a patient and had to tell her that she has terminal cancer. It took longer than I thought.”

Suddenly, my icy countenance began to melt into a puddle on the shiny tile floor and tears pooled in my eyes. I was upset about not checking insignificant frivolous errands off my to-do list, and the woman in the next room was pondering how she was going to spend her last days on earth. I envisioned her walking to her car and coming up with a brand new to-do list for her day.

#1 Live well

#2 Love well

Yes, I did have a check-up that day. God was the doctor and He looked into my heart to see that my perspective on life needed surgery. What’s really important? My silly list of errands? No. What should be at the top of my to-do list today and every day is:

#1 Live well.

#2 Love well.

Celebrate each day as an incredible gift from God. How will you do that today?

Let’s Pray

Dear God, Thank You for another day of life. Sometimes I can get so caught up in my silly little lists that I lose perspective of the true meaning of life. Help me to live my days glorifying You with every breath I take and step I make.
In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

What is at the top of your to do list today?

Consider making a new to do list and including what you think God would have you do today.

Wouldn’t it be fun to see what your sisters are scheduled to do today? Log onto my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sharonjaynes and tell me the first 5 items on your list. Be honest…not that you wouldn’t beJ I’m not looking for overly spiritual, I’m looking for real girlfriend stuff!

More from the Girlfriends

One of the things that is at the top of my to-do list for today is to love my husband the way he longs to be loved…the way God would have me love him. If you would like to learn more about keeping your marriage in the top 5 of your to-do list, check out my book, Becoming the Woman of His Dreams- seven qualities every man longs for.

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4 Responses to “It’s all About Perspective”

  1. Olga says:

    Lord I sincerely ask that you calm the raging storm in my heart that I may be able to put things in perspective.

  2. Mandy Foley says:

    Thank you so much for this devotional! My perspective almost always can use a reminder such as this ! Thank you God for your patience!

  3. Tina says:

    Indeed it’s an everyday struggle to fulfill our own to do list but how we respond to circumstances makes the difference. Perfect reminder for me to always think about the things that God would want me to do everyday—the things that should be on top of my to do list. God bless! 🙂

  4. My mother had that happen to her, she was told she did not have breast cancer but another woman was in the hall in tears when she was told she did have it. Many times I just pray for people in public, traffic accidents,and I get requests on Pinterest, I’m wondering now if it’s a good idea to approach someone or ask if you can pray for them, it might mean life or death. When my aunt was in the hospital on life support I sent my mother to pray for her. I told her to put out family like Jesus did if she had to, she’s napping in the next room, but everyone was planning her funeral, hopefully there’s some faith left in someone with a bad report like Isaiah 53 says. Or maybe we can stand for them. It does put things in perspective.

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