The Power That Lights Up Our Lives

I am never more aware of how much I thrive on routine until my routine is temporarily turned on its head.  This week in North Georgia we were hit with a storm that left us with close to 8 inches of snow and no electricity for nearly 22 hours.   Our power was finally restored at 2:00 am this morning.  It was a glorious moment and I resisted the urge to hop out of bed, do a little Elaine (from Seinfeld) dance and go make a pot of coffee just because I could.

As I drifted back to sleep, the image below filled my mind.  14568_1279575154139_7348901_n

These are pictures I took on my first trip down to the Dominican Republic. It’s where my previous church (and the mission team I was a part of) would go to hand out rice and beans. This little community located in a remote region up in the hills of El Cercado lived without power, not just for 22 hours, but every day of their lives. It is their routine. It’s amazing how this road and these houses are images that have taken up permanent residence in my heart.

155571_1726588809201_5750199_nThese memories are a reminder to me of when the light bulb came on inside my heart.  It was the moment when I finally started to understand (on a much deeper level) that life isn’t about me.  Life is about loving others. True joy is found in serving one another.  This is the power that lights up our life!

I don’t ever want to forget that this is the secret ingredient to life.  Sometimes…I think it’s coffee…but really it’s the ability to reach out and love others.

22 hours without power and I had a hard time functioning. But, it was a temporary inconvenience, a little hiccup in my daily routine.

Today, this Valentine’s Day, take a moment to be thankful for all those things we sometimes take for granted. The health of our loved ones, consistent electricity, clean water, a car to get us to and from work, carpet to vacuum, dishes to wash, toilet paper and bars of soap.

The list goes on and on.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


8 thoughts on “The Power That Lights Up Our Lives

  1. Mike Gothard

    I remember that street well, Eileen. Thank you for the reminder. It’s on my “list” to return. Hope you guys enjoyed the snow. My brother said it’s melting quickly, which is either a good thing or a bad thing, depending on one’s perspective, I suppose.

    1. Eileen Post author

      It definitely stick in your heart. Yes, the snow was practically gone next day here! Which, I was kinda glad to see. Love the here one day gone the next kind of snow!

  2. Sandra Renee

    Sometimes life puts things in perspective for us. I was recently without hot water for over a month. So yes, my routine was out of whack for awhile. It makes one much more appreciative for the everyday things when life suddenly takes it from us for awhile. God is good.


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