This past weekend, I was in Walmart picking up a few groceries. I was exhausted after traveling to Carowinds with Preacherman’s school, attending a marriage seminar at my church, and going to a friend’s bridal shower. I couldn’t wait to get home and just go to bed.
As I headed to check out, I detoured (not at all unusual for me in Walmart or Target) back to the produce section to look at celery. I have been wanting celery to pack in my lunches as a healthy snack, but have been unable to find small prepackaged bags of celery. I was hopeful that Walmart would have what I was looking for (if you can’t find it in Walmart, it may not exist), and sure enough, they had the exact item.
I checked the expiration date (which read 04/27/2013), and was all set to add it to my cart. In my mind, I thought, “Man, those celery are gonna be fresh for a long time.” I was just about to drop it in my cart, when I realized that the expiration date was actually a week prior. My fatigue and my lack of awareness almost had me make a choice that could have been detrimental (slightly to my wallet, but moreso to my health).
I think we are all like that sometimes. We can get so caught up in the doing of life, and get so into a routine (and so rundown from that routine) that we lose our sense of awareness. When we lack awareness, we can make decisions that seem to be good on the surface, but could have detrimental effects. Not only that, a lack of awareness can cause us to fail to recognize the goodness and blessings that surround us each day.
Let me encourage you to be aware- of the choices you make each day and their impact, of the blessings that surround you, and of your life and daily routine. Be aware of ways that you can serve and assist others. Be aware of your areas for growth, and seek tangible ways to improve. Life is too short to be numbed from your busyness and your technology. Imagine how much better our world/country/state/city/town/home would be if we each took the time to unplug and be aware.
My challenge to you: don’t let another day go by where you’re lacking awareness. Find the good in each day, in each person, in each situation. Search for the good, and be grateful for it.
Be encouraged! Peace and Blessings!