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Reach For What is Good

Today we often expect trophies even for what we don’t do well. Reach for something real instead.

Reach – it’s something I’ve said to my children (and to myself) many times although I seldom use that exact phrase.

“No honey, we cannot afford it.”

“Sorry buddy. Not now.”

“Oh sweetie, I don’t think we can do that today.”

“No, I don’t think that school is a possibility.”

So many ways to tell our children something is out of our reach for whatever reason whether it is financial, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual, but how often do we tell children things truly worth striving for are within our reach.

How many times do we award our children for tasks not well accomplished, giving everyone a trophy rather than telling them honestly they’d do better trying something else or getting them to try harder next time.

I started a new job this week, and on my desk was a newsletter from the principal with a quote at the top of the page:

Let go of you plans. The first hour of your morning belongs to God. Tackle the day’s work that he charges you with, and he will give you the power to accomplish it.

St. Theresa Benedicta of the Cross

This is far more important than all the little things we tell our children are out of their reach, far more important than all the things I tell myself are out of reach. By starting the day putting the focus on God and by seeking to do His will throughout the day, we will always be able to faithfully, if not successfully, accomplish what we reach for.

This week I am again linking up for Kate Motaung’s Five Minute Friday where bloggers are asked to free write and publish for only five minutes. Today’s topic was “Reach.” Thank you for joining me.

God Bless…

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5 thoughts on “Reach For What is Good”

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  2. You are so right…placing our focus on the Lord as we begin the day will allow us to see our day through His eyes. Stopping by from FMF. Blessings to you.

    1. Thank you for coming by Leah. I cannot imagine how life would be if I didn’t focus on God. It is too easy to get distracted by other things. There is a sense of peace in placing trust in Jesus.

  3. Love the quote! Definitely sharing it with my daughter, who returned to work at her school this week 🙂 May you reach out to all that He has for you in the days ahead! So glad to have linked after you at FMF 🙂

    1. Thank you Joanne! I apologize for not getting back to you sooner. I was just this week hired to teach high school algebra and geometry – ack!!! 🙂 It’s wonderful news, but I am hoping success is closer within my “reach” than the insanity of this school year! Best wishes to your daughter!

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