Good morning ~
The phrase that goes through my head most often is “Megan, for Pete’s sake!” This self-admonishing is for anything from not going to bed at a certain hour, forgetting an appointment, burning toast… whatever.
When I hear other people yell at themselves my heart goes out to them and I want to tell them to be kind and grant themselves some grace. Then why don’t I do that for myself?
So instead, this last week I started counting what I was doing right and reflecting on the times when I was on track.
These moments don’t stick out because they’re so natural; they are the things we do every day like gently waking up our teenager to get to school on time, feeding the cat and giving him a pat on the head, or looking your spouse in the eye and greeting them warmly when they come home.
All in, there are far more moments in our lives where “normal” is the good work God has called us to. I think we just don’t notice them all because they are “normal”.
If our actions were placed on a spectrum – with mortal sins at one end and the heroically virtuous acts on the other, most of life is spent in the neutral middle. But what makes all the difference is doing these acts with love. God is love.
When we reflect His love into our every day normal, and we open our heart to His presence, we’re heading in the right direction.
So maybe this week you can take some time reflecting on what you did well, and offer up a little prayer of gratitude and say to yourself “Look what God and I did together this week.”