This weekend we celebrated – my Sweetie’s birthday and our anniversary! Both events occur on the same day because our first date was many years ago on his birthday. Being well past needing or even wanting more stuff, we endeavor to create and share experiences as our gifts to each other. One of my gifts to him was a visit to the symphony.
Our state Symphony was paying a tribute to Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, so the evening promised to be one filled with good music. It did not disappoint. Byron Stripling, trumpet virtuoso, is known as an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music exuding happiness through his trumpet and his vocals which are quite reminiscent of Louis Armstrong yet also his own. Stripling filled the gaps between sets with funny stories, clean jokes and a poem that spoke to my heart. He called it Wishes, and it went something like this:
“I wish I had a telescope to scan the starry skies, but since I have no telescope, I’m glad I have two eyes. I wish I had a kitchen all run by push-button commands, but while that kitchen’s still a dream, I’m glad I have two hands. I wish I had a new Rolls Royce – to my friends that’d be a treat, but until that new car comes along, I’m glad I have two feet. Two eyes to look to God above…two hands to clasp in prayer…two feet to carry me to church…wow, I’m a millionaire!”
THIS WEEK ponder this quote from Charles Stanley then take inventory of all the ways you are a millionaire: “When we limit ourselves to human ability and resources, we will find that both run out very quickly. When we instead trust in the Lord’s ability to work on our behalf, we tap into an infinite supply that cannot be measured or depleted. God’s resources are 100 percent recession-proof.” He has promised to supply all our needs (Philippians 4:19).