Almost every Sunday for the past few years, my now 94-year-old grandmother writes me an email with a prayer for me or a word of encouragement. The truth is, often her words of wisdom for me are words of wisdom for all of us. That being said, I want to share Grandma Ola’s wisdom with others. I will copy and paste the emails as I have received them and add a brief thought after her thoughts.
“Father in Heaven, this morning is a brand new day ! Filled with bright new opportunities! Isn’t this exciting!
If you begin your day that way and if you end your day that way, chances are that in between your,re going to have a lots of positive emotions, because the Holy Spirit of God will come into your life, guide you and lead you and direct you The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young But it never to late to ask for his forgivness Today is note to late Love you Grandma Ola”
-April 3, 2016
Do we begin our days with Jesus? Do we end our days with Jesus? The truth is, you and I do not likely see each new day as an opportunity to know Jesus more. We probably don’t see each new day as an opportunity to sense the Holy Spirit’s presence in our life. But, what if we did?
What if you and I began to embrace the simple faith of my 94-year-old grandmother? What if we truly embraced God’s forgiveness in our lives, and we gave forgiveness the way he does? Can you imagine what the world might look like?
Do you and I realize that if we allowed God’s Spirit to direct our lives and we lived as a people of forgiveness, we would change the world? I don’t mean changining only our own family, but I literally mean to change the world! If you and I would live as a people who recognize the depth of our forgiveness, we would be so much quicker to forgive others. We would be much more gracious. We would live with an infectious love for other people that the Spirit of God would be evident in our lives.
I don’t know about you, but I want to live every day with the belief that it is filled with new opportunities. I don’t know about you, but I want to live everyday being forgiven and forgiving others. I don’t know about you, but I want a life of purpose that is filled with excitement in knowing the One who offers me forgiveness, salvation, and hope. Maybe you and I should embrace the words of Grandma Ola…”it’s never too late.”