I don’t follow Martha Stewart much, though I do appreciate her ideas! I received a little booklet that was trying to get me to buy her magazine Living. I must say every 5 months or so I go to the library and get caught up on my “Living” reading. In that booklet there were some fun ideas (as always), but something else caught my eye. There was just a little sidebar titled “7 Ways You Can Tell That Something Is A Good Thing.” I’m a list person so I decided to read it. Here it is:
1. Good things are “small” ideas that are quick, clever, simple, and smart.
2. Good things make you say “I wish I’d known that.”
3. Good things come with clear, concise instructions, & beautiful pictures.
4. Good things don’t take a lot of time, or a lot of money.
5. You will remember them.
6. You feel good trying them
7. Good things only get better with time.
This simple and vague list really caused me to ponder a lot in life. God has blessed us with an incredible amount of “good things.” I could write a book on the number of good things God has shown me, given to me, and made me think about. To read that list reminds me of who God created us to be – image bearers of HIM. God has created us ALL with unique minds, unique ideas, and unique bodies. Do we take the time to USE those unique minds, ideas, and bodies? So here is a little “rendition” of the list
1. God has given us the ability to THINK of “small” ideas that are quick, clever, simple, and smart.
2. God surprises us everyday with new people, surroundings, things in nature, ideas, that make us say “I wish I’d known that.” (we serve a God of surprises :))
3. God’s world and the Bible come with clear, concise instructions, and beautiful pictures (general and special revelation for all you Reformers out there :)).
4. God has given us good things in life that don’t take a lot of time or money – just look around you.
5. God has given us a memory so that we CAN enjoy the good things.
6. God gives us JOY when we are excited to try new things (though it may seem simple, that is a gift from God)
7. Doesn’t our faith (though challenged at times), only get BETTER/STRONGER with time? To me, that is a “good thing.”
So thank you Martha Stewart for helping remind me of the “good things” in life! After reading that, it made me want to go conquer all the projects I’d love to do and plainly conquer the world! Just kidding…
In all seriousness, God has given us so many good things – as the sign in our house says (and under the title of our blog): Today is a gift from God, remember to thank Him.