You May Only Have Today

I got a text late Thursday night that one of my friends had been in a car accident and her mom was headed to the hospital to make sure she was okay. That night I found myself feeling so grateful that my children were safely sleeping in their beds. I can’t imagine what goes through a parents mind when their child is hurt or in trouble. Thankfully she is okay and will recover well, but nothing can take back that feeling of fear that she must have felt in those moments while driving to meet her daughter. I headed to her house yesterday to check on her, where she shared with me the details of her terrible night. She walked me through her experience and then showed me  the pictures of the accident. My heart sank as she recalled the moments and the gratefulness for life. She is not the only one who found gratitude in her situation, in that moment she made me grateful for my life.

Hours before the accident I had read this quote that resonated within my heart, here is what it said;

You think this is just another day in your life. It’s not just another day. It’s the one day that is given to you today…. It’s the only gift that you have right now. And the only appropriate response is gratefulness.” David Steindl-Rast

This experience confirmed to me that these words are so true. We are blessed to have each day that we have, good or bad. I find myself grateful for life when the good times are rolling, when things are going my way and I am happy. But the reality is, even on the days that aren’t good or the days that don’t go my way, I am still alive. I still have a chance to make the next day good, or the next week good. Sometimes we get caught up in our circumstances and are blinded by discouragement, and write the day off as a waste. But what if that day was your last? Would you have made it a waste or found a way to be grateful for it.

Life is not promised to us, so make each day count. It’s the one day that is given to you today. So what will you do with it?

Happy Friday Friends!

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