Thursday, August 16, 2012

"It isn't pretty, but it's here to stay. It occurs in every life and every season of life. I call it the 'daily grind.'

Homemakers face fourteen-hour days with ever-present children and an endless grind of responsibilities. Students endure the grind of assignments, classes, and exams. Salespeople have quotas to meet. Husbands have grass to mow and things to fix each weekend.

Fact is—let's face it—the grind isn't going away! Instead of fussing about it or dreading it, we must find a way to live beyond it. How? Songs! But not just any songs. I have in mind a songbook that's really old. In fact, it's one of the first-ever composed, inspired by our Creator-God. Its timeless songs were written specifically to help us live beyond life's 'daily grind'. That's right, beyond it. Why else would God inspire those age-old compositions called psalms?

When frightened, who hasn't been comforted by, "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want"? That's Psalm 23. Who hasn't felt strangled by guilt and found soothing relief from, "According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash me . . . cleanse me"? That's Psalm 51. And on those days when we feel forgotten, who hasn't felt assured by, "He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty"? That's the immortal Psalm 91.

As August ends and life settles back into its routine, the 'grind' will return. This year, for a change, let's live beyond it."

excerpt of an Insight For Living article written by Chuck Swindoll