Remember when you were a kid and you got so excited that your birthday was coming because you knew the roller skates you wanted would be among the gifts?  Or remember trying out for the school play and waiting anxiously for the names to go up on the bulletin board,  only to discover you had indeed gotten the part you wanted?   Growing up was an exciting time, (at least sometimes) and some moments were almost as good as waiting for Christmas!

So what happened?  How come we don’t get excited about anything these days?  We tend to dread birthdays, watching the clock tick our life away, already feeling the pressure of too many gray hairs.  We feel suffocated by the magazines that remind us we’ll need more skin creams and more ointments and more remedies for our aching bones.  Aging doesn’t bring the thrill of what’s ahead that it once did.   But is there really nothing left to get excited about?

What’s happened to anticipation, to expecting all good things and trusting God still has great surprises for us as we take another step and light one more candle.  It’s not like we have a set number of coupons and once we’ve redeemed them all, that’s it.  In fact, if we look at our ancient ancestors, many of them didn’t even get the message of what God wanted from their lives until they had enough years under their belts to gain some wisdom.  So maybe excitement isn’t simply a passive activity, standing by and waiting for the good thing we hope will happen.  Maybe now the excitement is something we generate ourselves knowing full well there’s still more because the God of the Universe is not finished with us yet.  When we’re involved in the process, anticipation builds and excitement grows!  We’ve been praying, building, hoping, trusting and now we know that at any moment God will act again in our lives.

Why?  Because He knows how hard we try to be  faithful to Him.  We’ve waited for Him patiently, at least sometimes.  We’ve trusted Him completely.  We’ve surrendered our hopes and dreams still trusting we’ll be delivered, that we’ll reach the promise of all that He meant for us to be.   We have every reason to get excited!  We have  joy that goes far beyond the chance to play one more board game, or ride along on our new roller skates.  We can anticipate good things from a Good God that will take us far beyond our role in the school play or the next job promotion.  Yes, we really can get excited.  It’s still okay!

Dance, sing, anticipate, participate, enjoy…you’ve come a long way to find this moment and whether it comes by adding another candle or drawing another breath in total peace and surrender, it’s a great day.  In fact, it’s today!  This is the moment, this is the beginning of the rest and best of your life.  Embrace it!  This day will never come again.

Let’s give today a happy shout!

  1. mark says:

    Nicely said Karen, thanks . . . perhaps folks could accompany their happy moment(s) by looking closely at what it is that TRULY makes them happiest . . . I believe they will find it is what they do, and why they do, those things that help make others happy. True, consistent, empowering, confidence-producing happiness comes from inside, not out.

  2. Bev L. says:

    I think the greatest shift in “religion” (spirituality) in the last several decades is that very thing that Mark just said… we are realizing that God is not WITHOUT but, rather, WITHIN. Therefore, our lives are inside jobs. Terry McBride, an inspirational speaker, says, “If there’s going to be a miracle, it’s not up to God. It’s up to me. God just says YES.” Our happiness or excitement has to come from inside us… we’re not kids waiting for a new pair of skates to make us happy… we’re fully aware adults who know that our happiness comes from our knowing that we “are”… we are a piece of God, we are supported by the Universe and we are the ones in charge of our lives.

  3. Mark Bowers says:

    It is so easy to focus on the wrong things and not what we are blessed with. I think as I get older, it is easy to choose to be more pessimistic. When I get knocked down it hurts, and pain is very easily remembered. Your encouraging words help remind me of the good, that the bad is not that bad, and that the best is yet to come. Thanks-Mark

  4. mark says:

    Cultivate equanimity and patience and generosity . . . I believe you’ll find that you (or we) will not get knocked down nearly as often, or as deeply, or for as long.

    As Bev so eloquently said, God (or whatever we want call it/him/her) does reside inside, and just as we prepare a clean home and hearty food for our guests, we need to cultivate an nourishing environment for the spirit in our hearts . . . start with equanimity, patience and generosity . . . incredibly fertile ground for the blossoms of wonderful moments for all we encounter (and us too!)

  5. Kathleen Campbell says:

    Fantastic! Well said Karen. Thank you for reminding me that as long as I have breath I am to Praise the Lord and the joy of the Lord is my strength. While I am still here on Earth, He indeed is not finished with me yet and He desires me to be actively, intimately involved in what He is doing. WooHOO!! Its all about the journey! 🙂

  6. Debra Stokes says:

    Good stuff, Karen. Your words seem to flow so easily. That’s how it is with truth. Our wisdom teaches us that the things that truly excite us are the things of true value – a grandchild’s laughter, a clearer “knowing” of God’s word, the smile brought by reading a good blog post :). . .
    It’s a grand journey, isn’t it?

  7. Karen says:

    Thanks, Debra. I’m certainly a student on the path of this great discovery, but I like the chance to keep learning things, both simple and complex. Thanks for your kind words and encouragement.

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