Do you remember… that first time you moved in. When you looked around your little space, and what you saw was the infinite possibilities lying ahead. You envisioned a nice 5 by 6 bed by the corner, a book shelf with all sorts of books in the other. Oh, the paintings you longed to put up on the walls. The picture frames with your smiling face and joyful spirit. The shells you collected from your last trip to the Coast. You saw yourself dancing to awesome tunes from your new stereo as you made breakfast. Singing at the top of your lungs at midnight if you so wished.
Yet today your home brings you no pleasure. The frames lie dusty and lonely, the smiles faded and ghost-like. You haven’t danced in forever. You lost your voice before the serenades to your heart started.
Do you remember… When you got that new job. Oh the paths it illuminated..! The pride at the responsibilities accorded to you. Every day was a brand new opportunity to shine. Every paycheck was glorious. Every meeting was life.
Yet this morning you woke up, but didn’t want to get out of bed. That office has become nauseating. The pennies not worth their worth.
Do you remember… When you fell in love. The stars aligned in salutation. The world was suddenly greener, the sky positively blue. The wind whistled in music. There was a spring in your step. This soul ignited your fire. They completed and complimented you.
Yet today they barely exist. Right next to you but you see them not. The spark in your heart was extinguished. The glow in your eyes went out. They are no longer your happiness. You forgot that they ever were.
Do you remember… all the things that made you whole. All that once inspired you. All that once excited you. Do you remember, how they made you feel. Do you remember, how good it was. To see all the things you could achieve. To see the start of your dreams.
Yet today you have forgotten. You have gotten lost in the fears and exhaustion and frustration. And the things that once filled you with light now lead you in darkness.
Remember today. Run your fingers along those tiny walls. Dust the pictures until that smile sparkles again. Put up new art in bright and beautiful colours. Renew your joy at the work that puts bread at your table. Grind those peanuts at the end of the month into delicious butter. Kiss those lips you haven’t desired in so long as you once did. Walk through the memories of all that made you. Let them bring back to you what you lost. Let them re-ignite the dying embers. That you would find a new kind of delight in things old. That you would see a new kind of beauty in what always was. That you would never grow slack in zeal, remaining fervent in Spirit, serving the Lord.