Monday, September 26, 2011
Just a reminder
It worked so nicely for a while. For a few days, I was very conscious of sliding beads and offering sacrifices and serving God in the big and little ways each day. But then, the string of sacrifice beads seemed to fade into the background of the kitchen, like the inevitable piles of papers and the overflowing junk drawer and the numerous colorful refrigerator magnets all over. The beads hung there, quietly, unnoticed. Now, of course, I did not forget to wipe off sticky hands or wash the dishes or clean up the scattered cheerios but some days, lots of days, I forgot to offer those little things up to God. I lost sight of the value of my little acts of kindness, my little ways of serving God each day. Today, somehow I remembered those beads. I looked behind the set of keys that got hung in front of them and there they still were.
Sitting quietly, just waiting.
So, I moved the keys aside, and then slid a bead for pulling myself out of bed at 7:30am when I wanted nothing more than to sleep in a little while longer. It was not a big thing but it counted, because I did it for God. It was a exercise in discipline, a little sacrifice of rest, a little chance to grow closer to Him. I did it because I knew it was what He wanted me to do. I have since slid a few more beads, made a few more tiny, little sacrifices. I don’t know how long I will remember the beauty of those little beads this time around, but at least today, I am remembering to serve God in all I do.