I gather Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning so we’re in for 6 more weeks of winter. As today’s winter forecast for my little corner of Texas heaven calls for a high of 75, I’m OK with that. (Although a good hard freeze to kill some of our insect population would not come amiss. Just sayin’.)
Remember the movie Groundhog Day where Bill Murray had to keep reliving the same day over and over again? I wonder how many of us feel like that every day? Do you find yourself stuck in the same attitude, the same actions, the same everything most days? It’s so easy to fall into a mindless routine as one day merges seamlessly into the next.
I don’t think we’re designed to live that way. A friend told me about an idea called “God’s pocket” where they set aside an amount of money to give away. The amount can be anything from $5 on up, depending on their circumstances. Once that money is set aside it no longer belongs to my friend, it belongs to God. Her job is to listen and look for the person God intends to have the money. The fun part is the feeling of discovery when she realizes, “Oh, you’re the one who’s supposed to get this.” It transforms an ordinary day into an active partnership with God.
I believe that God has hidden opportunities and blessings like Easter eggs along our path. Sure, we’ll stumble over a few, but we’re more likely to find them if we’re looking. That will take each day out of the daily routine and turn it into an adventure.
So let’s start looking!