Filling an Empty Day


I call heaven and earth to witness this day against you that I have set before you life and death, the blessings and the curses; therefore choose life, that you and your descendants may live Deuteronomy 30:19

The first thing I see when I begin to write a new blog post is a choice of what to add.  I automatically click on Empty/Text to begin writing for that day.

I realized that, just as I begin my empty text page, the day in front of me is as new and as empty as the screen in front of me.

I have to begin to fill up that screen, much the same way as I fill up that day.

My writing begins with choices.

First of all, am I going to post that day?

Am I going to do a revisit or am I going to write a new post?

The screen waits patiently, inviting me to do with it as I will.

My real life day is much the same.

Am I going to curl up on my recliner (yes, it's possible!), am I going to lie there and revisit older days … good ones or bad, or am I going to begin something new.

Many days, it is a combination of the above.

I know that it often feels that living with chronic illness has taken away our choices in life.  The truth is that we still have many choices to make - albeit different ones than those presented to us in our healthier lives.

I ran across this saying on Facebook.

"You are free to choose.

However, you are not free from the consequences of your choice."

I copied it, enlarged the type, and printed it out to keep me aware of this truth.

Yes, we still have choices as we begin, each morning, to fill our empty days.  And each choice has it's consequence.

Will we approach the day with gratitude, or will we sigh as we waken to yet another day?

Will we seek to love each other as best we can, or will be begrudge all that others are still able to do?

Will we strive to continue to be the best "us" that we can be, or will we simply give up - berating ourselves and God for where we are.

Will we look backwards - or look ahead - or stay in that nebulous 'now' that continually presents itself as something to be filled.

Will we look to ourselves to solve our problems or will we look to God?

Will we fill ourselves with fear - or with the peace that God promises?

Yes, it is all about choices.  We have the rest of this day to fill.  It lies empty before us.

How will you choose to fill your "now"?

The choice is yours.

As is the consequence for that choice.

Father God, help us to remember that as choices are seemingly taken away from us, many choices remain in front of us.  Help us to make choices that will continually bring us closer to You.  Amen and amen.


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