This past weekend I let myself watch an entire movie from start to finish! I don’t know about you, but this is a real treat for me. Most of the movies I see are with 5 year olds. Yes, they are cute (the grandchildren, too!), but I never really see the whole movie as I am multi-tasking with drink/snack/clean-up/hugging services and then they are bored and on the way to something else before the movie is even half way over!
Today’s blog title is inspired by The Good Earth’s main character, Wang Lung, a simple farmer in China, as he goes to pick up his bride from ‘the big house’ where she is a slave. He wakes with a grin that spans his face, saying ‘Today is the day!’. His friends are rejoicing with him as they echo, ‘Today is the day!’ In Wang Lung’s village, it is a day like any other, for working hard in the fields, a day in the middle of the week, but a day chosen for its good fortune for bringing home a bride! This day will change his life in many good ways! As the movie proceeds, we watch life with joys AND sorrows, successes and failures, come to Wang Lung and his wife, for this is REAL life.
Today is January 17th…just long enough for New Year’s resolutions to become less resolute! Did we strive too high? Is the hopefulness fading into our old comfortable patterns? Those patterns are sooo…comfortable! We all feel like Wang Lung on New Year’s Day, full of hope for the best, for big changes for the better! How are we doing?
This year I decided not to make any of my normal resolutions. Hopefully, you will see me become a little smaller and in better shape, but my real hope is that this will grow from a re-SOUL-ute decision to focus on God being my center, my advisor, my problem solver and my source of courage, willpower, and unconditional love and mercy.
I hope that you will join me in letting go of the disappointment of broken resolutions to embrace each day with the joy-full thought of a day grounded in Christ’s love for you.
In the morning let me know your love for I put my trust in you. Make me know the way I should walk, to you I lift up my soul. Psalm 143:8