Friday, February 4, 2011

Refocus and Renew

We were with her as she took her final breath.  The thing is . . . each breath seemed like it would be the last . . . the pause between exhaling and inhaling became longer as time went on.  It seemed time stopped with each pause.   We leaned over her . . . encouraging her with words and touch . . . moving into a silent period with her silent pauses . . . developing a rhythmic pattern in her final hours, simultaneously wanting her to stay and wanting her to be released from the pain.
As time passed, we became more silent, recognizing we were in a sacred space as life moved from earth to heaven.  
In the final moments, the purpose and power of life becomes clearer; there is a distinct realization God has powerfully and purposefully issued life in every day, hour, and minute as a gift.  When you stand in the sacred space of life, the pressing problems and urgent matters do not seem to be as much of a big deal.  At all.  Yet.  We can lose our focus on our personal purpose, forget to be thankful,  and make excuses, becoming too busy and tired, believing life is about the problems and pressures.

How can we make sure that we don't miss living the life we are created to live? 
We need to take time, on a regular basis, to create a sacred space in order to refocus and renew ourselves, surrendering all things to God.  
Jesus prayed, Your kingdom come,  your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10, NIV).
When you create a space in the day to pray the same words Jesus prayed, Your kingdom come,  your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven, you have the opportunity to pay attention to the will of God, to live with purpose, and to be grateful for the life God has powerfully issued to you. 
Refocus and renew.
Realize, with gratefulness, God has powerfully issued you life today.

Take time to pause and pray the words of Jesus, Your kingdom come,  your will be done,  on earth as it is in heaven . . . then . . . intentionally live in the purpose and power of your prayer.
Give thanks for the will of God, it will change the way you see the life you have been issued to live today and every day.

Learning to Kickstart the day with gratefulness for the purpose and power of God's will in life,

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)