Mea Copa Overfloweth

Somebody somewhere decided November is “Gratitude Month” and that sounds good to me.  It is the month of Thanksgiving, after all.  In the spirit of giving thanks, here is a list of things on Earth, in no particular order, that I’m grateful for right at this very second:

  • a wife who loves me
  • healthy and happy children
  • an extended family all over the world that loves me and my wife and children
  • friends who I love and who love me like family
  • sobriety, second chances
  • youth, health, opportunity
  • a job, a roof, a car, a full belly, clean water, new-ish clothes
  • access to 21st century technology and all the information I’ll ever need
  • a few extra bucks to spend on fun stuff once in a while (like a World Cup quick-play from Time Travel Games called Mea Copa that I just received in the mail over the weekend.  More on this later.)
I’ve been trying to live by the motto that all I have to do at any given moment is whatever is “the next indicated right thing.”  I do believe that there is an ordinance placed within me that, like a compass, steers me right.  When I succumb to my own will – which is by definition an act of selfishness – I often find myself wandering away from that right direction.  And I feel it, literally, physically feel it when that happens.  It makes me ill, anxious, wired, unhappy and thirsty.  For a drink.

I’m meditating on the following passage today, and praying only that through me God’s will may be done.  I pray that my confidence in Him grows to such that I shouldn’t feel a need to beg for confidence in myself.

 

1 Peter – Chapter 5:

5All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 9 Resist him, standing firm in the faith, because you know that the family of believers throughout the world is undergoing the same kind of sufferings.

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