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Thankful for WHAT??

The other morning, as I was backing out of my driveway, I noticed my sprinklers were on. They’re not supposed to be on at that time of the day. They’re supposed to be on at night. When I’m asleep and they won’t annoy me.

I was irritated.

Obviously, my immediate reaction was one of frustration. Because the power had gone out a few days before, I would now have to reset the stupid sprinkler system, costing me at least three minutes out of my day. AGAIN.

As I was cursing the power going out and contemplating when I’d be able to squeeze in my three minutes to reset the system, this thought smacked me right upside the head out of nowhere . . .

Be thankful you have power.

Uh, wow. That got me thinking . . .

How many times do I run across things in my day – in my life – that seem SO bad or inconvenience me SO much, and yet they’re things I could be thankful for?

Here’s a nice little list of examples I came up with . . .

  • Road construction. Detours. Don’t ya love it? And yet, aren’t you glad our roads are taken care of? Or, hey, aren’t you glad we even have cars??
  • Gloomy, coastal weather. (My friends will attest this is a sore spot for me.) And yet because of the weather here, I live in one of the most beautiful, sought out places in the world. And I don’t need a snow plow!
  • Waiting at the doctor’s office. I get to see a doctor.

Here are a few irritating things my Facebook friends came up with . . .

  • Difficult personalities
  • Parents once in a while
  • Traffic lights, homework, siblings
  • Dog hair
  • My husband
  • My own mistakes
  • That not everything in life is fair
  • Truth
  • When things don’t go the way I expect or want them to

I wonder what would happen if we actually took the time to think about the flip-side of any of these things, about the good that might be represented behind them – even stuff like dog hair.

What do you tend to meditate most on? The frustrating aspects of a situation or the good that might be associated with it?

If I were to be honest, for me lately I’ve been focusing more on the bad. I had a hard, heavy week last week that was physically, mentally and emotionally taxing. (Thus, the delay in writing this blog.) And when I’m stretched in any of those three areas, I’m much more vulnerable to thinking negatively.

My sweet little sprinkler needing to be reset was a great reminder that not only do I need to regularly “water” my mind with thoughts that are good, noble, pure, excellent, true and praiseworthy (Phil. 4:8) – but . . .

I also need to be proactive in reframing how I look at the events in my life – especially the frustrating stuff.

Are you with me on this one? This week, I’m going to practice taking things that are bugging me and find at least one good thing in them. And believe me, I need to start right now! Maybe you’ll join me too; I’d love to hear about your little frustrations and the good you found behind them.

And by the way, I still haven’t reset the stupid sprinkler system. Maybe in the morning.

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God lies – FOLLOW-UP

I received some great feedback and questions – both on and off the blog – on God lies. I love the response that talked about our “belief windows.” This is just another great way to articulate that we all live life, view God, ourselves and even others, through our own, unique filters; none of which are perfect yet.

I’ve had a few people tell me they don’t operate out of any lies. I’m not sure whether I believe that or not. I’m still processing. To me, that’s like saying our belief windows about God, (or ourselves), are perfect and unobstructed, or that the lenses of our “glasses” are completely clean, clear and free of debris. I’m not sure that’s possible until we reach our final, perfected state.

Perhaps one of the biggest lies we believe is believing that we don’t believe any.

Just my sweet little opinion.

Either way, I know for me, I will make it a lifelong mission to seek truth, after truth, after truth. I can only speak out of my own testimony and say that as I live my life and more lies are brought to surface and then dispelled, I experience more and more freedom and consequently, more and more peace. And I’m diggin’ it!

A few more thoughts . . .

Somebody on Facebook asked me to address the issue of why we tell ourselves lies to start with.

My thoughts?

  • Lies don’t always come from us. We really do have an enemy who’s happy to shoot them our way. Our biggest problem is thinking that every thought that pops in our head is true and that we need to automatically believe them or act on them.  If I get a thought that I know is not right, I now make a conscious choice not to own it.
  • Sometimes we do tell our own selves lies and want to believe them. Maybe we don’t know any better – we’re just regurgitating what we were taught or modeled. But other times we believe lies so that we don’t have to look at our own issues. Or perhaps we do it because we’re used to feeling sorry for ourselves; or we’re comfortable in our “uncomfortableness” because it’s familiar. We may even hold onto lies because we insist on seeing things the way we wish they would be. There are many reasons.

Regarding the person who said they believed the lie that they couldn’t be used by God because of lost opportunity . . .

Somebody reminded me that sometimes we do, in fact, lose opportunities. I whole-heartedly agree. I have lost some myself. To clarify, the lie isn’t believing that a person will have the same opportunities again; it’s very possible that they will not. The lie is believing that one can no longer be used by God – even in a great way. But, the Apostle Paul tells us:

“God’s gifts and his call are irrevocable.” Rom. 11:29 (NIV)

If God’s put a call on our lives, it’s still there. Jon Courson does a great job of talking about this in his commentary when he speaks on the story of Jonah.

Well, friends, thanks again for all of the fantastic feedback. Now it’s off to the rest of my day, which will consist of a little exercise and music rehearsal tonight. Always welcoming your comments, questions, clean jokes and even disagreements. Keep ‘em coming!