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But on the Other Hand
March 31, 2016, 2:06 PM

Do you ever find yourself caught up in a mindset of negativity?  Do you ever wake up on the wrong side of the bed?  Or are you a person who only sees the glass half full, the dark side of the silver lining, and your peaches and cream have curdled?

A depressing negative mindset is easy enough to fall into, and before you know it you can find all sorts of things to complain about.  

Just today on the way to work:  I woke up late, and ran outside to a gray and overcast rainy morning.  I got caught behind a Sunday driver and had another car pull right out in front of me.  I seemed to catch every red light on the way to work.  I will go home to kids who are noisy and will demand my attention and I will go to bed without much fanfare or celebration for anything that I tried to accomplish today.  

But on the other hand…

I woke up this morning. I have legs to carry me where I want to go.  The clouds and overcast sky allowed my eyes to adjust more slowly than if there had been bright sun.  I have a  car to drive to work, in fact I have two.  I have a job that I can be late too without getting to much of a scolding from my boss and my brakes work on my car.  When I get home I am blessed to have children to go home to that love and adore me.  They want to spend time with their daddy.  Oh and I have a home to go home to.  My wife who loves me and supports me will be there to spend time doing the things that parents and spouses do.  And she is there for me every day.  

Are you seeing my point?  There will always be things to complain about.  There will always be things that don’t go the way we think they should and their will always be mundane things in life.  

But maybe we should learn not to focus on the negative and depressing.  Maybe we should focus on the many good things that God has blessed us with.  Maybe we should realize that we are far more blessed than we often realize.  

Today don’t dwell on the bad.  Instead soak in the good.  Change your perspective and embrace the day that the Lord has made.  Rejoice and be glad in it. 

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” - Philippians 4:8

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