Something to get steamed up about….

…being reminded how valuable the gift of each day is.

You know how when you’re rushing around you sometimes catch a glimpse of something on the edge of your vision and find you have to look again because what you saw just looked wrong. Usually when you look again and focus on it properly (visually and mentally) you see what is really there and the mystery resolves itself.

While working for a previous employer I spent a few years commuting every day and early one morning I was trudging up the platform for London-bound trains and spotted, out of the corner of my eye, one of those big ‘Bible-text’ posters on one of their advertising hoardings. It looked like a Bible text, but not one I thought I’d ever come across before –

The Lord says,
“ Those who honour me I will honour and those who despise me shall be lightly steamed ”

– clearly God was annoyed with someone, but not very annoyed!

Of course when I looked again I realised God was actually saying that those who despise him shall be lightly esteemed – but I confess that my sense of humour felt slightly cheated with the reality…

The passage of the Bible that my misread quote comes from 1 Samuel Chapter 2 where we read, amongst other things, that God was very angry with the priest Eli and his family because of the behaviour of his sons; they were taking advantage of their position in the temple and dishonouring the gifts that the people brought to God.

I’ve been reminded again this week, reading a book recommended to me by a friend that life itself is the most amazing gift. There are always balances to be established and then maintained (for many years I heard this described as a ‘work / life’ balance but the truth is that work is part of life, not separate from it). In any event, when it comes down to it, each one of us is responsible for how we spend our time.

Whether we do that by reacting to what’s going on around us or by intentionally trying to make positive decisions to help us make the most of it – each moment is an amazing gift.

When I think about how easy it is to waste that gift – well I reckon there times when I’ve deserved a light steaming… how about you?

Fortunately tomorrow is a brand new day and, God willing, I get to try all over again to make the best of it – awesome!