November 22, 2007
THINK IT OVER
by Charles R. Swindoll
All of us are surrounded by and benefit from the results of someone’s quest. Let me name a few.
Above my head is a bright electric light. Thanks, Tom.
On my nose are eyeglasses that enable me to focus. Thanks, Ben.
In my driveway is a car ready to take me wherever I choose to steer it. Thanks, Henry.
Across my shelves are books full of interesting and carefully researched pages. Thanks, authors.
Flashing through my mind are ideas, memories, and creative skills. Thanks, teachers.
Tucked away in the folds of my life are discipline and determination, a refusal to quit when the going gets rough, a love for our country’s freedom, a respect for authority. Thanks, marines.
Coming into my ears is beautiful music—a wonderful mix of melody and rhythm and lyrics that linger. Thanks, composers.
Deep inside me are personality traits, strong convictions, a sense of right and wrong, a love for God, an ethical compass, a commitment to my wife and family. Thanks, parents.
At home is a peaceful surrounding of eye—pleasing design, colorful wallpaper, tasteful and comfortable furnishings, hugs of affirmation—a shelter in a time of storm. Thanks, Cynthia.
My list could go on and on. So could yours.
Because some cared enough to dream, to pursue, to follow through and complete their quest, our lives are more comfortable, more stable.
That is enough to spur me on. How about you?
Reprinted by permission. Day by Day, Charles Swindoll, July 2005, Thomas Nelson, inc., Nashville, Tennessee. All rights reserved. Purchase "Day by Day" here.