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365 Days of Blessing

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One's sense of values changes according to their situation. For example, the same one hour, 60 minutes, feels longer or shorter according to the situation. If you are in a hurry and have to wait at the bank or have a severe headache or stomachache, one hour can seem very long. If, however, you are engrossed in a game or spending time with your loved one, the same hour can appear to fly by.




While living in New Zealand I spent 20 years as a High School teacher. Every year, when it was time for the staff photograph we had to line up in order of height. I am 170 cm tall so, in New Zealand, I always had to line up near the front of the line with other short staff members. About 3 years and 6 months have passed now since I came to live in Urayasu, Japan. Every week, in the tennis circles I belong to, I meet about 40 other members and find that my height is above the average so, since coming here, I feel tall.




When we compare ourselves with someone who is richer or better off than we are, we feel depressed or envious. On the other hand, when we compare ourselves with someone in a worse condition than ourselves, we may feel thankful. In these ways, according to our situation, our sense of values changes. Therefore, where wi direct our attention is very important.


We will be blessed if we are not swayed by what we see around us but have faith and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ who remains constant forever.

信仰の創始者であり、完成者であるイエスから目を離さないでいなさい。— ヘブル 12:2

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. — Hebrews 12:2

奥平 Okudaira


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