My little niece Madi has this new saying, "You're rich!". She gives you the little thumbs up sign and belts it out. I think she means, "You're cool!" or maybe even a different version of, "I love you!" but I'm not sure. All I know is that she's cute when she says it and it always makes me laugh. At first my reaction was, "Child if you only knew... I am so not rich!" Since she said it to me just this evening I've been mulling it over a little bit and I've come to a new conclusion. I am rich. Perhaps not financially, but what right have I got to complain? My Lord always supplies my needs. And He has been more than gracious with me. I am often surrounded by family and precious friends. I have the treasure of salvation and the hope of heaven. I have a warm home and a car to drive (car = independence; independence = joy!). I belong to a loving and caring church family and I have many opportunities to serve. Blessings and answered prayers abound.
I haven't really made any New Year's resolutions this year, but I have decided one thing - I'm going to keep concentrating on a particular lesson the Lord had been teaching me in 2006 (even before Madi said it), I'm rich! If I focus on the great amount of good and wonderful things that the Lord has done for me and provided for me, I don't have time for all the worry and care that tends to bend my shoulders. I have nothing to complain about and oh so much to be thankful for.
God is good all the time; all the time, God is good.