Everything I Always Wanted

26 12 2009

This Christmas season has been a tremendous blessing to me. In many ways it has been the best Christmas I have ever had. It is definitely one that will not be forgotten.

A few weeks ago our pastor made a comment that has stuck with me. He said “This is going to be the best Christmas ever.” Then he clarified his statement by adding, “Are you going to choose to be a part of it?”

The quality of the experiences in our life are tied directly to our decision to enjoy those experiences. We can choose to look for the good in everything and walk away with the good or we can settle for the unpleasant.

I woke up this morning reflecting on the last couple of days. Soaking up the wonderful memories we have had. Then I had a couple of revelations. First, this has truly been the best Christmas ever. Second, that I have everything I always wanted.

Men tend to focus on being successful, achieving great things, and being admired by others for their abilities. That’s why most people do what they do. They are climbing a corporate ladder, chasing a dream, or trying to prove to the world that they are somebody.

Well, this morning I woke up with the realization that I have all this and more and have had for some time.

I want to be successful in life. I am. I have three wonderful children who are growing up very successfully.

I want to be admired and looked up to. I am. My kids think I am the greatest and I have the t-shirt to prove it. Well, it’s really a cap that says #1 Dad on it.

I want to achieve great things. I am. I never believed I would have such a wonderful family filled with such love.

Is everything perfect? No. Do my kids fight? Everyday. But, I have learned not to expect perfection. It does not exist in this life.

I have everything I always wanted right here in my own house. It seems I have been receiving it year after year.

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Everything I Always Wanted
By: Raymond Brady

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When God Looks at Us

7 09 2009

When God looks at us He sees our life as a whole. Not just one day or one moment but one lifetime. He looked at us from the beginning of time and watched us take our last breath. He has seen all the mistakes you have made. He knows how high the mountain of sin at the end of your life.

So today when you wonder if God still loves you just remember. He has seen it all while hanging high on a cross. But, today He will forgive it and wipe it all away.

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When God Looks at Us
By: Raymond Brady

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