If you ask my mother, she will tell you I have always had a “tiny bit of an attitude”. In our house, we call it “being sassy” Maybe it stems from the time I was at a formal dinner party with great aunts and uncles and the hostess asked if I would like brussels sprouts. Apparently answering with a polite, “No Way, Jose” simply wasn’t acceptable. In my defense, I was 3. Regardless, I still faced a time out.
What, if anything, does my lack of appreciation for a green vegetable have to do with present day circumstances? Kind of everything! Bear with me for just a few moments while I share what I’m learning from “forced timeouts” this year.
Everywhere I seem to look during this season of life, the answer seems to be : “No Way!”
Want to take that trip of a lifetime?: No Way, not this year.
Want to have 200 people at your wedding?: Don’t even think about it.
Want to shop without a mask? Probably not going to happen.
Many, many days are so overwhelming that it’s hard to focus long enough to find the proverbial silver linings.
But they are there. God keeps on sending them. The ‘kicker’?: We actually have to look for them, with our eyes, our minds, our hearts…
So here’s what I’ve been really, truly SEEing lately:
And what about a reminder from The Apostle Paul—a man who had learned the meaning of true thanksgiving, even in the midst of great adversity?! While imprisoned in Rome, Paul wrote, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20).
In no way have I forgotten that the world is full of suffering and sadness. But I refuse to silence my gratitude. Even my heartache draws me closer to God.
If I have a point it’s this:
The ability to be grateful for any given situation, is always available to us. It’s not always easy, but it’s possible.
(PS: I still don’t like brussel sprouts, but I’ll keep working to appreciate them!)
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