One of those days….
Ever have one of those days when things start off so good and then go so wrong?
I think it happens to all of us at one time or another. Those days when you wake up and the sun is shining; you have a day off and plans for a little self-care and me time. Then something happens and it all changes in a second and not for the good or so it seems.
Recently, I had one of those and it knocked me down a bit. I felt less than, stupid and small. I don’t like to disappoint anyone if I can help it. But I am a fixer by nature and got into “fix it” mode. Everything eventually turned out fine. Also, I learnt something and I think it will make me better for having gone through it. Life lessons aren’t always easy but they are always beneficial.
In the midst of chaos combined with feelings there can be a lot of hurt and disappointment felt by both parties. This experience made me stop and think about my perception of these types of things. My natural inclination is to think I am to blame and it’s all my fault. That is not always the case and I am learning that. Things can happen beyond your control and even if it’s your fault you’re not less than. You are human. We make mistakes and can disappointment other humans.
Now, I have been accused of looking at life through rose colored glasses and I am okay with that. I do tend to look for the good in people and situations. But I’m not going to lie in this particular situation I felt disappointed and overwhelmed but also grateful for kindness I didn’t expect.
I cherish moments where you can see the good and not so good in people and things because it gives us opportunity for empathy. There are always two sides to a story or situation and the truth lies somewhere in between. We all need to come to the table with openness, kindness and unity so that in the end something positive can occur even if we don’t agree on everything. People will disappoint us and we them, but if we show others kindness and empathy, I believe the world would be a much better place.
Within this whole situation my heart kept asking “how can we make this a positive?” Well let me tell you together in unity we did make something good out of something not so good.
My day ended a little battle weary, wiser, heart full and eyes on Him. Even in the toughest spots I find refuge within the loving heart of Jesus. So today turned into something more beautiful than I could have hoped for. It ended with friendship, love and worship.
So, before you get too disappointed in a situation, a belief, or a person take a moment, try to think of it from their perspective and then show compassion regardless of if you are right or wrong. We were put on this earth to love and with that love comes positive action. Because words without positive action are just noise. We are light bearers, and darkness cannot over take the light.
We are here to encourage each another, be honest but not hurtful and help each other get to where we are meant to be doing the things we are meant to do.
So come on, as a community of believers lets LOVE MORE and shine His light in our little corner of the world with the people around us and be the difference the world needs right now. We are called to "be the change"
Proverbs 27:17 NIV “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another”
Matthew 5:14-16 MSG
Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine! Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up with God, this generous Father in heaven.
1 John 4:19 TPT
Our love for others is our grateful response to the love God first demonstrated to us.
“LIFE IS PAINFUL
GROWTH IS PAINFUL
CHANGE IS PAINFUL
BUT IN THE END
NOTHING IS AS PAINFUL
AS STAYING STUCK WHERE YOU DON’T BELONG”
Angel Chernoff and Marc Chernoff