Be prepared for ‘any moment’ in life
by Beyond The Walls by Susan Nelson
Oct 19, 2013 | 181 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
I check my e-mail on my iPad in the mornings and throughout the day. I have two addresses. One address goes directly to my phone and iPad for immediate readings and another address goes to my computer that I visit whenever I send my columns to the paper.

Some have the idea that having so much in the way of electronics is excessive, but it all depends on how you use them. I get daily bible verses and a devotional that comes to me and all I have to do is touch the screen to read them.

And although it seems as if I vacillate between highs and lows here, I don’t, really. Like the one week I write about smiling and the next I have my head in my toilets in distress cleaning mode. I’m not really that far apart.

I have bad moments, but I refuse to stay in them. I awoke the “morning after” the toilet cleaning to find Joel Osteen quoting Philippians 4:8, the “Whatever” scripture (true, honest, just, pure, lovely, kind, of virtue, and worthy of praise) that defines what we are to focus upon in our minds.

I have plaques up in my house, one with Helen Keller’s quote, “Your success and happiness lie in you.”

I have the “Love is” quotes from Corinthians and the fruit of the spirit posted. Over the front door is the sign that reads, “The Best Is Yet To Come.” And one that I am particularly fond of mentions it is never too late for happy endings.

My oldest son was over and noticed one that mentioned, “In Our House” and listed things we do. At the top of the list was “We do second chances.” He glanced over the rest of the list - “We say prayers.” “We do I’m sorrys.” “We do loud really well.” “We give hugs.” “We do love.” “We are family.”

Then he made an adjustment. After several attempts to get my three butterflies focused on their tasks, my son said, “Mom, you need to change that first one to infinite chances.”

That would fit. Life is full of infinite chances and choices. Our only limits are what we choose to believe about them.

When I told you all about the toilets and such, I only did so as a form of comic relief. We have many forms of coping and sometimes I clean.

I wouldn’t dream of replacing my friends, either. They have been a strong support and are available to me any time I need them. All I have to do is call. If they cannot talk then, we plan to talk later and they pray for me and with me.

Even my brothers and sisters who live out of the state and the country are just a few buttons away via the e-mails. (I have one brother 30 minutes away, as well.)

Yes, I’m digressing again. I’m thinking of the second/infinite chances we all have in life. The only finality we have is in death. Once we meet with death, there is nothing more - well, there is heaven or hell, and that little thing called “eternity,” but our decisions about it have to be made before our final breath here.

Some of us think we have so much more time than we really do, while others of us live our lives prepared for “any moment.”

I want to be in the “any moment” group. I work to keep myself in check, although I am not always successful. There is that issue of free will that can get pretty messy at times.

All I can say here is what I plan to the best of my ability as I lean on God, found in Joshua 24:15: “And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell; but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
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