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Slow Down and Look For the Blessings

                                                                                            August 17, 2016
Dear Friends,

As soon as the speaker finished, I ran outside to return a phone call.  I was at a
conference but my work never ends.  It seems like many of my days are filled
with phone calls and emails. I am always working. You probably know the feeling.

We live in a 24/7 world where time never stands still. Sometimes I describe my
life as one long series of hurdles to jump over. Just when you clear one, another
one pops up in front of you. There is always someone or something that needs
attention.

Don't get me wrong.  I love my life.  God has blessed me.  Yet when we are
continually running from one thing to the next there is a possibility that we might
miss out on some of the sweet things that life has to offer.

I finished my call and was standing outside the church.  It was a beautiful day.  
I was debating whether to use the free time to take a walk or not.  That's when I
noticed a man coming out of the building eating an ice cream bar. It piqued
my curiosity.

Where did he get it?  I turned the corner and it seemed like everyone had one.
People were talking and smiling and eating ice cream.  Everyone except me!  
I had been too busy. I wasn't paying attention to what was happening right in
front of me.

The truth is that the same thing is true with God's blessings. They are all around us.
The problem is that most of us walk through life with blinders on. We miss them.
We get caught up in things that seem so important that really don't matter so much.

There is a song that goes, "There shall be showers of blessing: This is the promise
of love; There shall be seasons refreshing, sent from the Savior above."  It reminds
us that we need to make it our practice to slow down and look for the blessings.

They are all around us.  We just don't see them.  I thought I had missed out but
God is good.  I went back into the building.  Three women were standing there
handing out the ice cream.  I got mine.  As I took it, I looked up and said, "Thank
you God for second chances."  Don't you miss out.  Look around.  God wants to
bless you today.

God bless,

Cal
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