Unexpected Finds

Recently, I was feeling thrifty, so I trekked over to Goodwill. One of my discoveries was a copy of Gregg Allman’s autobiography, entitled My Cross to Bear. That in itself would have been enough, since I am a big fan of the Allman Brothers Band and Gregg’s solo output.

When I opened up to the title page, I found Gregg’s signature, with the inscription “To Little Martha, Gregg Allman.” I also discovered that the book is a first edition. That was completely unexpected.

That’s the joy of thrifting. You never know what you’ll find. Sometimes, you get nothing. Sometimes, you find good stuff. But on rare occasions, you find treasures.

That’s life. If you keep your eyes open and stay in the moment, you never know what you’ll find. If you’re not so focused on getting to the weekend, you might discover hidden treasure buried in the middle of the week. It could be a conversation with a friend, a hug from a family member, a breathtaking sunset, or words of wisdom from one of your children. It could be a memory from someone you hold dear in your heart who is no longer with you.

So your instructions are these: 1) live your life intentionally as much as possible, 2) pay attention to the world around you, and 3) be amazed. You truly never know what God will show you next.

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