Psalm 37:4 Delight yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the desires of your heart.
What’s on your bucket list? What do you imagine as your best possible life? What brings you true happiness? What are the desires of your heart?
For me, happiness = holding a baby, preferably my own grandson, Keller Ben Green.
My best possible life = what I have now: longtime marriage to a good man, children who have grown to be successful, productive, caring adults, comfortable house in a convenient location, connections to a strong circle of family and friends, citizenship in a town of history, vision and character, membership in a church that is committed to worship and service, retirement from a stimulating career, access to enjoyment from music, art, good food, nature and sports…aahhh, life is good. Darrell bought the Life is Good T shirts to match each day of the week when he retired from IBM and now my own collection is up to a count of three!
My bucket list = travel to England, Scotland & Ireland; travel to Hawaii; church mission trip to Kenya; explore in Big Bend National Park;
attend concerts by Carole King, James Taylor, Bette Midler; watch golf at a U.S. Open;
captain my own boat on Lake Grapevine;
and hold more grandchildren.
A few weeks ago at Project Read I said goodbyes to a mom and her three little girls of whom I had grown fond through the years of this weekly summer activity. They were moving back to Mexico to the town of the mother’s birth - the three girls had all been born in Texas and they were bubbling with anticipation of meeting their grandmother for the first time. I can’t imagine having precious grandchildren, ages 3 to 9, whom I had never met! Rather than getting caught up in the “issue” of immigration or any other current social controversy, I choose to follow the suggestion of one of my pastors, think of individuals (rather than issues) you know personally – build positive relationships with them, encourage them with prayers and presence. I pray that this family will flourish in the uncertain safety of their country.
So as I continue to try to live my life with delight in the Lord, I acknowledge him for his continuous blessings, I praise him for this beautiful world he created for us, I worship him as the supreme power, I accept his love and grace, I sing to him (a joyful noise), I read his message to us in the Bible and seek to understand, I pray for my family, friends, their requests and myself, I keep myself open for awareness of his miracles and angels among us.
2 Corinthians 6:8 And God is able to make all grace abound to you, that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.
Psalm 103:17 But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And his righteousness to children’s children.