Tonight my house is super quiet. The hubby is at a school board meeting (he serves on the school board in our city – overachiever and all) and my son is at a soccer game with friends. I just finished doing a little studying and now I am sitting by my fireplace drinking some hot chocolate. I know.. you can be jealous; it feels like a Hallmark movie at my house right now. I won’t lie, I love my family but I enjoy these rare nights at home alone. I was sitting here thinking about what I wanted to do. I could do anything at all I want: watch a chic flick, drag down the keyboard and start learning again, paint, sing, dance or take a two hour bath (cue John Micheal Montgomery song). But, what I can’t stop doing is sitting here staring at my fireplace just being grateful.
It is sad, but sometimes my days are so caught up in fixing things and overthinking things that I don’t choose to be intentionally grateful. In this season that should be “merry and bright” I sometimes get contrary and trite! With all that is going on in our lives, I think we can all be a little prone to that. But the more I allow myself to be in that mood the worse it gets. The only cure I can seem to find is gratitude. There are many things I could sit here and ruminate about. But instead, I am going to be more intentional about being merry and bright. After all, shouldn’t we be showing the light and joy of Christ. I don’t want my light to be dull or my mood sad. I have a hope that many others do not and that in itself should make me a merry and bright person – no matter my circumstances.
I think this is why it is so important to learn to be still. Paul said in Romans to renew our minds daily and I don’t think we take the time to do that enough. We start our mornings with facebook and emails. We end our days with tv and more social media. I am saying “we” here because somehow I keep slipping back into this routine and then my mood begins to be affected. It takes a while for me to realize why. It is a slow fade but one that steals my merry & bright. So, I am going to be more intentional this week about starting the day with coffee and devotions (not waiting till after I check Facebook and emails) and finishing my day just being still for a little bit; reflecting on all of the things I am grateful for.
I hope you will join me. Just try and see if it helps to change your perspective and attitude. This season could use a little more of your Merry & Bright too!