"It's true that we don't know what we've got until we lose it, but it's also true that we don't know what we've been missing until it arrives."I love this new twist on a well-known quote. I think that not being able to appreciate what we have is one of our greatest human flaws (and believe me when I say that almost everyone is at fault). We simply do not know how to appreciate the good things in life without emphasizing what we don't have. It's also true that by the time we realize what we have... it's often too late.
But the other part of this quote is more promising. "We don't know what we've been missing until it arrives" suggests that there are great things in life awaiting us that we have no idea are in our future. I love thinking about what awaits me if life. Hopefully it is full of exciting people, places, family, friends, travel, a career... But I love knowing that I will be surprised when it comes. Isn't being surprised by your own life kind of exciting to think about?
So my encouragement for today it two-fold.
1. Take a minute to acknowledge all that you take advantage of every day. Tell the people you love how much you love having them in your life. Appreciate your home, your community, your many blessings... as if they could be gone tomorrow.
2. Ask God to surprise you with what's to come in life. Be open to possibility, change, excitement.... God wants you to live a life fulfilled by his wonder. So LIVE IT UP! :)
"Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun--all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun."