Life is stressful (as I’m sure this is not news to you.)
Yes, life is stressful and complicated and busy and hectic.
Life is disappointing; it can be bad.
But life is also good.
Life is great; the greatest gift we are given on earth.
Why am I
rambling thinking about this you ask? Well, besides the desire to focus on the good in life, I’ve also been trying to keep a healthy perspective of the bad. I find myself (more often than not) wishing for the day just to end. “I can’t wait for the weekend”, “I can’t wait for the end of the day”,”I can’t wait for this quarter to be over”,”I can’t wait until I just have a real job”, “I can’t wait…fill in the blank”. Why am I constantly wishing my life away? Truthfully. Isn’t that what I’m doing every time I wish for a period of time to just end? We have such little and precious time on this earth – why must I wish for the next good thing and scurry through the bad?
Don’t get me wrong. I typically don’t enjoy long days of classes or days filled with one commitment after the next - I’d much rather be spending my time with family or friends; however, those ‘not so good days’ are a part of my life too. They will always be a part of my life. They may not be the best days but they shouldn’t be considered bad days (or days I wish away.)
I need to keep the perspective that every day I’m given is a blessing from our Creator.
I’m not the greatest example of someone who gives daily thanks (I’m also not one to always emit ‘rejoiceful-ness’ in the ‘not so good days’), but I believe it’s important to keep a healthy perspective. Paul writes in 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Amen.