Throughout My Days

“Many times a day I realize how much my own life is built on the labours of my fellowmen, and how earnestly I must exert myself in order to give in return as much as I have received.” — Albert Einstein

It’s Friday and I am feeling reflective. I look at my students, especially those I have tutored for awhile, and I am thrilled to see them growing, maturing, learning, and becoming the people God created them to be. How blessed I am to have them in my life….to help their kites launch.

I think about the people who have influenced my life. My extraordinary parents and brothers. We have so many memories together….they helped me to broaden my horizons to include others. My fantastic grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins did likewise. There was a lot of laughter, a lot of hollering and discussions. There were countless meals together over the years. We all lived in the same town for a little while. By the time I was in high school (and in some cases much earlier) my cousins were spread across the map. I often say that a cousin is the perfect relationship. For a cousin is a forever friend; a cousin is a sibling you don’t ever have to live with but always want to live with.

My aunts and uncles believed in me always~and urged each of us to aim high and love always. My teachers~gosh where would I be without them? They, too, believed in me and inspired me. So you see, the compassionate side of me, the one that is optimistic, loving, loyal~well, that structure of caring that is me, comes from the gifts God gave me. The gifts that built my life are the people and opportunities that lead me still. Sometimes loving people carry me, and sometimes I carry them. I am sure you know what I mean.

The way to show gratitude is to not only be grateful and thankful to the people who gave to me (and of course to God)~ but to offer that wonderful gift to all the people I can. These days I feel a sense of urgency. The time to give and offer hope is now.

Our time is limited~ we can’t procrastinate on the opportunity to offer love and hope. Throughout my days, I am well aware that people gave and give to me. I am not deserving of the continual floods of grace that God has and continues to wash over me. He fills my days with memories of past kindnesses…on days when I do not have the opportunities to be around friends, family, and others, I have the memories of past experiences.

Whether I am reflecting on past memories or building new ones, the message is the same. Continue to build the city of God.

About Kate Kresse

I love to write, I love to talk, I love to uplift people when I can. I am a woman in love with life. I am a wife, mom, tutor, writer, and I am a perennial optimist. (OK not every single minute but you get the point! :-)
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12 Responses to Throughout My Days

  1. Your sense of urgency does speak to the passion of your faith. I’m glad you have such a strong network of people who love you and support you in being YOU! Debra

    • Kate Kresse says:

      Debra—I am so very blessed. Every step of my life there has been someone who has my back…..thank God my dad moved us so frequently — and since I got married we have had to relocate so many times, too… has given me blessings that are bigger than my tears and nostalgia.

  2. Caddo Veil says:

    It is very interesting to me that you post this now–as I, too, have been sensing urgency–that my time here is more limited than I realized one short year ago. That I need to be less about me. Thank you for your lovely thoughts, Kate. God bless you abundantly.

    • Kate Kresse says:

      I know what you mean. I am not sure where this sense of urgency is coming from….but there it is….I must be about my Father’s business…..someone needs me to do that always….God bless you right back sweet Caddo.

  3. Gilly Gee says:

    Kate, you are deserving.

  4. Know what you mean, Kate. It’s eerie, isn’t it. And doesn’t it seem as if there aren’t enough days left . . .

  5. jelillie says:

    You are right Kate. Time is short. Let us build and be built together!

  6. Kate Kresse says:

    Absolutely~build and be built. We must always be ready for the remodeling of our own hearts and souls, too. God bless your day.

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