I’m an optimistic person. Glass half full, smile on my face, let’s have fun kind of girl. So when life gets in my way of “having a good time” well I admit I don’t like it. I kinda want to throw my hands up in there air and say,
Confession: I am challenged to have a Godly attitude when life’s unplanned things happen. My selfishness and pride get the best of me. I don’t have time for _____. Why is this happening to ME?
Pretty, huh? (Looks worse as I see it in black and white)
This week through HelloMornings I am studying 1 Peter 4:12-19. Peter talks about how as Christians we can expect suffering. Yes, do not be surprised. Just count on it. It will happen. BUT in this trial trust in him for his Spirit is upon you. He is faithful.
So I realize that I have to get over the fact that suffering of some kind is just part of the deal. He never promised that we were going to have fun all the time. I am seeing that I need to focus my attention on what my attitude and my heart will be when these trials come.
My conclusion: Less surprised that IT is happening. More joy and thankfulness through the process.
Easier said than done yes but you have to start somewhere and I say acknowledgement is the first step. I acknowledge that my attitude in a crappy situation can look pretty crappy. I acknowledge that it needs to change. I acknowledge that I can do better.
Yes, I don’t like “surprise attacks” of trials. Not fun. But if I can get over myself and MY ideal plan and allow myself to see him through it? Well I know where I will find myself. On my knees, closer to him than I was before.
If I think of it this way.
Then I say yes. Yes, IT is worth it.
He is worth it.