It’s been a month+ since I’ve dropped in here. I’m sorry. I still enjoy writing, but I find I have so many other things to do that this gets pushed to the back burner. Today I want to talk about this little saying…
First, I think this looks different and means different things to different people at different stages of life. (Enough “different” for you?) However, I believe the overall premise is one that can apply to anyone and any stage or phase.
I don’t believe that God made us to be miserable! Yet, so many of us live life dreading each day. Hating our jobs. Frustrated with our friends and family. Dreading going to bed at night because it means getting up to the same stuff the next morning.
The Bible tell us to REJOICE! To remember that “This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) It doesn’t tell us that we’ll always be happy. It does tell us that we can find joy no matter our circumstances.
So what can you do to help create a life you don’t need a vacation from? Well, I certainly don’t have all the answers. I can, however, share with you what I have done in the past and strive to do in the here and now.
- Practice being thankful! Keep a calendar or list or journal of things you’re thankful for each day. They can be big, meaningful things AND small, insignificant to the rest of the world things.
- Feeling negative? When our kids were teenagers and they’d had what they considered a bad day, I’d often ask them to tell me three or five good things about their day. They didn’t get off the hook until they did. You see, we can always find some good in our days if we look! I do this with myself and with Doug, too.
- Miserable in your job, in a group, or whatever scenario you find yourself? Find a way to either change your attitude or change your position/job. I’ve been there, done that. I’m not talking about a rough day here and there. I taught for 27 years. I loved teaching! Two times in my career I became truly miserable with my situation. Both times, God allowed me to move from where I was to a new place he had for me. In those new places, He rekindled my passion and love for my profession. In order for that to happen, I had to be willing to MOVE!
- Just take some time to breathe…relax!
- Do things you enjoy…both by yourself and with the people you love.
- Take a break! Have a cup of coffee with a friend. Read a good book. Go out to supper.
- Above all these…spend time in Bible study and prayer. Sometimes God doesn’t change our situation, simply because He wants to change our heart!
Have a blessed day!