We all experience those big events; birth, graduation, wedding, first day on a new job, death. With the possible exception of the last item on that list we all look forward to those big things. And annually we plan for and count the days until those yearly big days like Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, vacation.
Yet it is often the things we experience while waiting for those major once-in-a-lifetime or once a year events that provide us with the most joy and make our lives so rich. Those small pleasures that can so easily be missed or discounted are what keep us moving forward through the day-to-day of life, if we know to spot them and appreciate them.
I’ve been to more baseball games than I can count and could not tell you the score of any of them. But I still remember the way it felt the first time I walked into Yankee Stadium with my dad and the look on my kids’ faces the first time I took each of them to the House That Ruth Built. The pleasures of the moment are often intensified, multiplied by the people we experience them with.
Of course, our ability to relish those small pleasures is largely dependent on how we perceive them. James writes that “every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow.” If that’s our frame of reference it’s pretty easy to find those pleasures and celebrate them.
The greatest gift we have ever and will ever receive is our salvation, bought at the dearest of prices, the shedding of Jesus’ blood on the cross. That gift changes us at the most fundamental level. Because of God’s wondrous demonstration of love our very beings are transformed and our outlook on all of life is changed.
Each day God provides us more evidence of His love, and it’s plain to see if we are open to it, realizing that every sunrise, every moment spent in the company of family and loved ones, every rain shower and cool evening are among those small pleasures God has gifted us with.