Saturday, 21 April 2018

The Exchange: A Day of My Life for ...

"The fool says in his heart, 'There is no God.'" (Psalm 14:1)

Every once in a while I discover a little nugget somewhere that ends up having a profound effect on me. It's not about whether the source has Christian origins or not. It's about a truth in a message, regardless who the messenger is.

Today was one such day when I discovered the following, said to have its origin with the Trappist Monks at Genesse Abbey. It goes something like this:

This is the beginning of a new day. I've been given this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good. What I do today is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, not loss; good, not evil; success, not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I paid for it.

Profound, isn't it? I thought so. For me it begged the question: "How do I spend my days?" Can I name even one positive thing that came out of today? Was someone's day a little brighter and more hopeful because my path crossed theirs today? Was I a blessing today?

Or did I essentially waste the day, once again, a day that I can never get back? Maybe I was more of a curse than a blessing. Maybe I once again dragged my sorry self through the day, complaining about who knows what, being a cantankerous old fool, and taking down those whose paths crossed mine, as opposed to blessing them. I hope not.

What did you exchange for this day of your life?

Something to think about. Peace.

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