3 John 1-4
1This letter is from John, the elder.
I am writing to Gaius, my dear friend, whom I love in the truth.
2 Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit. 3 Some of the traveling teachers recently returned and made me very happy by telling me about your faithfulness and that you are living according to the truth. 4 I could have no greater joy than to hear that my children are following the truth.
I was initially slightly confused by the today’s verses. Ms. Demoss ties it to how spiritual well-being can be reflected in personal well-being; that is, studies have shown that people who are purposefully grateful are less depressed, more likely to exercise, etc, etc. So I’m going to be really, really grateful this week to inspire me to get off my duff and run. Yes, I just said duff.
Anyway, Ms. Demoss encourages the reader to note any changes in one’s well-being at this point in the challenge. I know that I’ve become less prone to moping around like a two-year-old child, which leads me to a lot more laughter and joy. I actually am enjoying getting up more, too, excited for the challenge of rooting blessings out of hidden spaces (though so far, I haven’t had to try too hard).
Incidentally, Joni Erickson Tada, the woman who has been a paraplegic since she was 17 (I don’t know how old she is now, but it’s been decades), is a co-writer of the gratitude book. Wow. Speak of inspiration (anyone else feel ashamed?).
5 things for which I am grateful today:
1) Surrender–and peace. While driving home from my awesome visit with Tarek yesterday, I had a bit of a ‘moment’ with God (and by ‘moment’, I mean approximately 120 minutes and one megaload of tears. I was a hot mess. Mostly mess). And in the midst of pondering Christ’s sacrifice, my current struggles, and God’s goodness and love, I was, for about the 3,892,018,903,218,901th time, brought to a place of surrender. It wasn’t fun. It still isn’t fun. But it’s right. And it’s peaceful, because the fight was entirely one-sided. And it’s a good place to be.
2) The fact that flowers and trees in Columbia bloom in a staggered fashion. One or another type of pretty plant-like thing (my botany knowledge is nil) has been in bloom since May.
3) My older brother, who is extremely helpful and service-oriented. Case in point: a few weeks ago, I told him I wanted a new computer. He found one for me, bought it, and shipped it to himself so he could set it up because he knows that when I think of ‘technology’ images of wheels and horseless carriages come to mind. He’s a good man and a blessing in my life.
4) While I’m at it, I wanna brag on my sister-in-law. We’re all still kind of in shock that she joined our family, and I think we’re all pretty sure we don’t deserve her. (This is a girl who got up at 5 AM one morning to make my little brother and myself monkey bread). She’s one of the most thoughtful people I’ve ever met, and is always willing to house, feed, and entertain myself and various friends when I go up to visit Chicago. Also, she’s really funny. She’s awesome, and I’m blessed to finally have a sister, and that it’s her.
5) My time with Tarek, which included, but was not limited to: good conversation, bread and cheese, wading in a waterfall, and clambering on rocks like goats, which is one activity at which I truly excel.
Ok, friends, your turn! A) have you noticed any changes in yourself/well-being since starting le challenge, and B) what are you grateful for today?