Have you ever had days where all you want to do is sit in a corner and just complain about how life sucks and how you just want God to come down and save you from all the trials that come our way?
What if, instead of complaining, we say thank you? Saying thank you for the trials that we are going through and for the blessing that we receive. How would saying those two simple words change our perspective?
I know that it is easier to just dwell on how life sinks but what if we choose joy, especially in tough situations? How could that make our day change?
As a college student, I know things get stressful. The want and need to hang out with friends, yet you have 3 papers due all on the same day and on the other hand you have 5 hours plus worth of musical practice that you need to make each week along with 20 thousand other things that make you go stir crazy.
If we really think about it however, it is an incredible blessing to have these “problems”. To have homework, to have friends, and to have different talents that need to be nurtured.
It is an incredible blessing to be able to sit and enjoy a cup of joe with your best friend and to have to read 50 chapters worth of reading.
Why? Because it means that we are able to go to school, that we are able to take our friend out for a coffee and to be able to simply read and write along with the ability to be creative and to express that through all sorts of different ways is an incredible blessing.
There are many people out in the world that would love to have this busyness, to have the resources and to be able to go to school. Now, I am not trying to make the things that go on in life minuscule, but how often do we think of the positive things that go on more than the negative? God would not want us to sit and grumble.
He wants us to get up and do something that glorifies him. That includes the trials and tribulations because through that, “He will equip us to do every good work” (2 Tim. 3:17).
He wants to walk with him in the midst of trials because through the trials, we can glorify Him. He wants us to trust him to provide, and to be thankful for everything that comes our way.
1 Thessalonians states, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you”. Sometimes, I forget what is right in front of me and take for granted the little things in life.
A beautiful sunny day, the fact that I am able to go to school, that I have enough food that will make me full, and that I have friends who love and care for me.
All these things, I know I take for granted and find myself grumbling and complaining. As we come closer to thanksgiving, I encourage you to take a look at your life and change your perspective.
Instead of grumbling about what you don’t have, think of the many things that you do have. A little change in perspective (and glitter:) is all it takes to change your outlook on your day.
May your Day Sparkle,
Note: Words and thoughts are my opinions and experiences and understanding from what I have learned as I go through life with Biblical references and guiding. Verses quoted from the ESV Bible.