life should be smooth and easy for the most part.
We once heard a missionary from Estonia say, “You Americans are funny
people. You think life is supposed
to be easy with short seasons of pain and heartache.
In my country we know that life will be mostly hard, with short seasons
of ease and happiness.”
I, for one, am more than guilty. I expect life to go as I have planned;
smooth sailing, easy street. When
“things” come up I am emotionally high-jacked, and my reaction is pretty
immature. I think I deserve things to go right.
The good news is that I am more aware of this than ever and am trying
to grow in this area. It is all
about your focus and your expectations.
I am trying to learn that life is not intended to be easy and I am not
intended to have my way. It is
not good for me to get what I want when I want. So, when things go wrong, I stop and
remind myself that I will only grow and mature as a woman when I embrace the
hard stuff. It is a part of life
and I am intended to go through “stuff”.
My second strategy is to cultivate a mindset of gratitude. I have a choice each and every day what
I will focus on. Will I dwell on
what is wrong or what is so right?
I have so many blessings in my life and if I obsess about the bad stuff I
tend to take for granted the good stuff.
I am healthy. I have a
great marriage. I have great
relationships with my children. I
have a job that gives me meaning and purpose. I have a house, car and on and on. So….. I make it a point to start each
day thanking God for all the things I do have. It helps to center me so that…. When
the hard stuff comes, and it will, I am positioned to accept what is and deal
with it. I also remember Psalm
50:23a which says, “He who offers a
sacrifice of thanksgiving honors
Me; “ A sacrifice costs you something. In this case it is choosing to be
thankful when I do not FEEL like it.
It is no small thing for me to override my emotions.
But, when I choose to, I know I am honoring HIM which is my greatest goal
My cousin Ann posted this instagram recently and I thought it was worth reposting!!!