Things don’t always seem to go as planned. For instance, I knew I was going to be up on time this morning, have quiet time, cook breakfast, take the dog for a walk, and then head to the gym…all by 8 am. This so didn’t happen. By 8 am I was waking up my daughter letting her know she was going to miss her bus! Oh joy! Everything was thrown off and to put the icing on the cake (which I could have really gone for a slice or two at this point), I now had to drive my daughter to school, and come back home to my hyper dog scratching my leg, my son asking for a cookie, and my husband just chillaxin’ on the couch watching his anime cartoon and tuning out everything else! So, when I so nicely asked if my son could watch his movie in the living room, my husband so nicely replied no…which resulted in my nerves being so nicely extra on 10! So I decided to brew some coffee, put on a movie for my son in his room, gave my dog a toy, and I then sat down with my tools and prayed.
So what do you do when things don’t go your way? What does the Word say? All these emotions: anger, sadness, frustration! Help me Lord, oh help me please! (yep, I cried right on out to him). …count it all joy!…come again God, count what, you say?
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4
So, when my husband gets on my nerves, my kids are crazy, my dog is doing the most and I can’t seem to get my footing, I’m supposed to consider it pure joy? Yes indeedy? You are still blessed. God is still right there. This life isn’t perfect, and perfect days aren’t promised. You have to choose to make the most of every situation and let go of the crap that may come up. So my husband got on my nerves and my kids are crazy, so I can do it too? Right? Wrong!
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you… Matthew 6:12
Once again, God is funny and freakin’ awesome. I couldn’t do anything other than smile, and roll my eyes (I’ve been told a time or two million that I’m great at both). These beautiful scriptures don’t just apply to what I’ve mentioned but in EVERY area of your life. Work, finances, cars breaking down, shoes being untied, ketchup on your shirt, someone cursing you out because you grabbed the last box of Honeycombs….whether big or small count it all joy and persevere!
The end of the matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. ~Ecclesiastes 7:8
Be encouraged today! Don’t let the little hiccups or the hiccups that take a bit longer to go away take away your joy. Pray, persevere, count it all joy and let it go.
Smile and be a blessing!