Circumstances being what they are…

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Be thankful in all circumstances,
for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
I Thessalonians 5:18

Had lunch with a great friend. Always a safe place to unload. Spent too much time crying over spilt milk. In hindsight, there is so much more to be thankful about. We have great jobs. (I have another dear friend right now trying to figure out where to step next after his job disappeared.) We have loving families. We have treasures here on earth and in heaven. We have so very much. We even have difficulties that provide opportunities…

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.  James 1:2-4

So let it grow! I’m going to start canning it when the spring gets here.

So much that I thought was such a big deal predictably seems to vanish after a while. I’m always left with me. Why don’t I just stop worrying (and complaining) about everyone else and just keep cleaning the windows in my own glass house?

You can’t do your real life with automatic thinking. You have to be awake to eternity. Always take the time to reflect on your circumstances, even while having a conversation over lunch, and ask yourself…

  1. What really matters?
  2. Who am I becoming?
  3. What am I communicating to others?

There’s always something to be thankful for. You just have to wake up and think about what you’re thinking about.

“Life is grace. Sleep is forgiveness. The night absolves. Darkness wipes the slate clean, not spotless to be sure, but clean enough for another day’s chalking.”  – Frederick Buechner

 

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