ARE YOU STANDING AT A CROSSROAD?
I have a friend who writes down ten good things about her day, every day. She sees the small blessings that we take for granted. She is a keen observer of everyday life. I am learning from her. A positive attitude helps to make dark days better. Getting a positive attitude on a day that is going into the dumps is tough but possible.
When I was a teacher, I would have kids walk into my classroom grumpy. Things at home had a rough start and I was going to be the recipient of the child’s bad mood. A mood I didn’t cause, so I came up with a chant. Yes, a chant for my elementary kids and the best part…..there were hand motions! (Wink! Wink!)
It went like this…..
I HAVE THE POWER (Kids repeat)
I HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE MY DAY (Kids repeat)
I HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE MY DAY AN AWESOME DAY (Kids repeat)
I HAVE THE POWER TO MAKE MY DAY AN AWESOME DAY BECAUSE…
(YELLING) I HAVE CHOICES!!!!
Yes, Dear Reader….. We too have choices. We can sit sour and bitter over our bad day, abuse, pain, trial, and wound or we can turn our day/experience around and make if not a joyful day, a livable one.
I understand there is a grieving process and a sorting process where we need to absorb the reality of our lives and pains. However, eventually the process should come to a crossroads at some point. At this crossroads we have to decide if we want the trial to impact us in a negative way or a positive way. Yes, what the devil meant for evil our Lord can turn into good. I am speaking from personal experience.
Most often, the good that comes from a trial where suffering is involved requires us to share our story and pain. We find comfort in those whom have walked in our shoes. Others will find comfort in the pains we have suffered and risen as victors.
Jesus walked this planet and can relate to our pains. Rejection, loneliness, sorrow, loss, disbelief and criticism, suffering, pain, and anguish were all familiar to Him. He understands our pain because He suffered it as well. He chose to use His suffering to save us. Is there anyone around you who needs saving? Can you reach out a hand and help them by letting them know that you understand their pain. Tell them there is a Savior who understands it too. Tell them He is collecting their tears and keeping a record. They are not going unnoticed.
JEREMIAH 6:16 Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.