The other day, I was sitting in the quiet of the early morning--before the hustle and bustle of each day begins--I was brought to ground level, humbled, by the words of my daily devotional for that particular day.
"When many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me." (Jesus Calling, p. 290)How often has this been my first instinct? When have I ever instantly trusted and thanked God when faced with trials?
The reading later continues:
"Thank me for everything, though this seems unnatural--even irrational."How differently would our days unfold if we learned to reframe our thoughts? Each day brings its own set of struggles and adversities. However, the variable that we can control is how we react.
I was recently reading a book from my dietetic internship program called, You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader by Mark Sanborn. As I was reading, I came across a point that has stuck with me since completing the book and assigned paper weeks ago. Sanborn challenges us, saying:
"How do you live life? As an obligation or as an opportunity?...The people who change the world around them--for themselves, their companies, communities and families--rarely act from a sense of obligation. In fact, the people who act as leaders almost always act from a sense of incredible opportunity. They don't interact with the world because they have to. They do so because they want to" (Sanborn, pg. 29).Words like these and the ones from Jesus Calling are what bring me to my feet to reevaluate components of my life. I cannot begin to tell you of the countless times where I have woken up in the morning and thought to myself, "Ugh. I don't want to go to class or study. There are so many other things I'd rather be doing." However, it is that very attitude that sets you at a disadvantage.
It may not be our first instinct to thank God for all aspects of our day--both the good and the bad. And even if we begin reframing our thoughts today, it will take time for a positive reaction to become a reflex. Psalm 13:5 says:
"But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation."Everyday may not be perfect. But begin thanking God in your struggles and watch as your heart rejoices in His salvation.
Happy Monday! :)