Have you ever noticed how there are rarely (if ever) times when everything in life is just right? There is always something wrong, something a little off, something missing, something you wish you had or didn't have. When I think of my life and all that I have, I am so grateful. How could I ask for more? But I often find something to worry about, complain about, long for. Have you ever noticed how in each stage of life there is something that makes you think "when I have that, then things will be better"... or "if only this would happen, then I would be happy"?
Lately I've become very aware of my complaints and negativity; be it work, living situation, relationships, personalities, the weather, culture, things not working out like I hoped, temporary annoyances, whatever. I strive to find all of the good things in life (which are plentiful and completely surrounding me), but sometimes I let other things (which can seem significant, but really aren't) bog me down. While thinking through some of these things at church yesterday, I wrote on my bulletin: "Life is tough... get used to it. Get over it. Move on." A sudden, way-past-due realization. A scripture referenced in the sermon came from Ephesians 4: "...put off your old self which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires, to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness... Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry... Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths but only what is helpful for building others up, that it may benefit those who listen."
At the same time, I do believe that there is a difference in complaining vs. being open and honest with people to whom you are close. But there is a fine line between productively processing struggles and difficulties in life and detrimentally tearing others down.
So I guess my challenge to myself (and to you) is to:
- let go of the negatives and cling to the positives
- take heart and remember the important things in life
- turn over your worries and just have faith
- live in the moment instead of hoping for things unseen
- be an encouragement to others
Oh You Bring...
Music can be so theraputic. This is a song that I love right now. A good listen when I need comfort, when I need to refocus, when I need a reminder of God's love, protection and providence.