About a month ago, I placed an online order from walmart.com who hires private contractors to deliver. Imagine my surprise when the driver only walked halfway down the short path and threw the package onto our porch as if it was a baseball. As he turned to enter the truck, I remained standing on the porch holding up the box. There was a brief moment of eye contact, and then he sped off. It was not my intention to confront the driver but to change his perspective that not every empty driveway indicates that no one is home, excitedly waiting for their box. Thankfully, the employee who prepared the package for mailing had wrapped the item in bubble wrap, and it was protected from damage.
When we hear or see the word fragile, we usually think of tangible items that can be easily broken, perhaps eggs, or injured, like a newborn baby. After considering the list of intangible things that are fragile and needful, my top three are Life, Time, and Relationships.
We are given a measure of grace when we open our eyes to a new day. The decisions that we make from day-to-day indicate our gratitude to God for the blessing of being alive. Time is a precious commodity that can never be retrieved or duplicated. Once yesterday has passed, we have to focus on the 24 hours that are in front of us, and hopefully, we will have the opportunity for the blessing of tomorrow. Structure and discipline have a direct impact on whether or not we utilize our time wisely. Individuals who possess time management skills have a higher level of appreciation for the ticking minutes that can be used constructively.
Outside of work, how do you spend your downtime? To maintain mental and emotional health, the grunge duties and tasks must be counterbalanced with our interests. Whether your role is stay-at-home mom or dad, full-time student, or caregiver, taking the time to do what brings personal enjoyment is mandatory for your well-being. How we spend our time is an indicator of the value that we place on ourselves. Consider your “me time” a priority at least once a day. Reserve the time to work toward one goal that provides happiness, thus improving your self-worth.
Our accomplishments provide us with a sense of satisfaction and give us inner joy, especially when we can use our creativity. At the end of the day, taking the time to reflect on one’s activities should provide a great sense of satisfaction. Achievements empower and encourage us to persevere and keep moving forward. If not, then we must identify the factors that prevented us from reaching our goals. Recognizing and eliminating obstacles, heightens our awareness, and keeps us focused. Life is too precious for regrets.
Relationships are one of the most critical and fragile aspects of our lives; how easily strong bonds break from the impact of neglect, and the forgetfulness of their value. People need people! Whether you embrace this fact or have feelings of disdain, we were not created to be alone. Then the Lord God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” Genesis 2:18. 27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God, He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply”, … Genesis 1:27-28
Most importantly, we have an overwhelming need that requires daily commitment; the strength of our relationship with God is wholly dependent on our actions. God is always here for us. Although we are distracted, or we lose our desire to continue our relationship with Him, God is just a prayer away. Communication through prayers of gratitude, confession, and repentance, for problem-solving and guidance, bind us to the Creator of every living thing in this world.
Love was the reason that God created us in His image to enjoy this earthly Paradise. We were not an afterthought… the Garden of Eden was an all-inclusive, upscale, breath-taking, and perfect environment that was gifted to us. Begin a virtual journey on youtube.com and as you look at the phenomenal areas that still exist on this earth; the fields with an array of wildflowers, rain forests, the beaches with white, pink, and black sand, the oceans, the sun, moon, and stars, nature reflects the Love of God.
What can compare to the variety, hues, textures, and tastes of the fruits growing abundantly from the trees? The fields of grains sprouting from seeds, the nuts, and the red, yellow, orange, green, and purple vegetables that provide nourishing foods for our bodies. We were given everything that we need to sustain the optimal health of our minds and physical bodies.
God made the decision to create humanity who would reject to live in peace and harmony and to choose the evil of sin. Indeed, the heart of God is full of loving-kindness. Remember that God gave his only Son, Jesus Christ, who was sinless and made the ultimate sacrifice to surrender His Divinity in exchange for the rigors of humanity. And why? Jesus died so you and I could escape the defeat of death and destruction. For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord. Romans 6:23
God continues to reach out His loving arms: The LORD appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness. Jeremiah 31:3
As the events of this world worsen, God is always with us. “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
We still have time to accept the Plan of Salvation by accepting His grace and mercies. Love God with all of your heart, soul, and mind. Be faithful, trusting, and obedient. He will never leave us or forsake us. And reflect on the New Heaven and New Earth that He has planned for us: However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — the things God has prepared for those who love him. 1 Corinthians 2:9
“Look, I am coming soon, bringing my reward with me to repay all people according to their deeds. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.” 20 He who is the faithful witness to all these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon!” Amen! Come, Lord Jesus! 21 May the grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s holy people. Revelation 22:12, 20-21
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