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It is said that life is like a coin. We can spend it any way we want, but we can spend it only once.
If life is like a coin, it must, like a coin, have two sides. It has a good side and a bad side. It has an easy side and a hard side. It has a happy side and a sad side. While the list is endless, the point is that it is our privilege, our opportunity, and our responsibility to use wisely each day that we have been given.
The Good Book tells us that we are to rejoice and be glad for the day that the Lord has made for us to enjoy and to use. My Mother always told me that when I get out of bed in the morning and put my feet on the ground, it is up to me to decide if I am going to be happy or not, and that my attitude will follow.
Let’s look at several views of the coin of life. First, we must spend. We can spend our time doing good things for ourselves and others or we can waste it. Our decision.
Second, we must be aware that the coin of life has two sides; a good and a bad side. We all have both sides within us and we need to fight against the bad. Easier said than done I know.
Third, we all have the good fortune of sometimes having an easy day. We need to be grateful when that happens. Even when the day is not easy, we are still fortunate and simply must work through it.
Fourth, happiness is a blessing, sadness is a trail. We love basking in happy moments and thank goodness there are those in our lives, but we need to learn to endure and overcome the sad times in our life.
Fifth, we should always be thankful that we are free. That is a blessing that enables us to develop our talents to the maximum of our ability. However, we should never forget that without responsibility, the other side of the coin, the is no freedom.
Sixth, sometimes we will win and other times we will lose. These are a part of life. Losing can help us to learn and to become stronger.
Seventh, be grateful for all our blessings and give thanks.
Eighth, the two sides of the coin always include birth and death. Life is short and not to be passed through without purpose and effort. Life can be wonderful, but making it wonderful is up to us.
Ninth, the opposite of the coin of receiving is giving. We do enjoy receiving but make sure you are giving as well. It feels great to give and see the reaction on the other person’s face.
Tenth, it is said that we can have many acquaintances but few friends. I always think a friend is someone who would not hesitate to come to my rescue in the middle of the night. And ask yourself who would you get out of bed and go to rescue in the middle of the night? Some people may be good for us and others may be bad for us. Choose your friends wisely.
Elders have told us we need three things to have a great life. A “self to live with” that we must like ourselves, a “purpose to live for” as we will be much happier, and “faith to live by” as without faith we have little strength to sail on bravely through the storms of life. Amen.
Be thankful for each and every day of life, they are precious.
Until next month,