Recently our ministry has gone through several changes. It has been heartbreaking and mind-boggling in many ways. One day, though, we received an email that lightened my outlook a little.
“You may wear dress slacks to work…” It was more formal than that, with a lot of do’s and don’ts along with it, but basically, I saw the word PANTS.
Seriously…every time I’m in a situation that is challenging or hard, my immediate thought has been, “well, that’s ok, at least I get to wear pants!” I know, I know…this is an odd thought process for most people.
Most people also don’t have to teach little people music in a skirt and nylons, or march with teenagers in a skirt or dress! Just celebrate with me.
*waves a white hankie* Hallelujah and Amen!
I read an article recently that talked about “training our brain to revel in the positive.” I am a firm believer in this. For several years I have been working on making myself find the good in things instead of focusing solely on the bad. It’s not that I try to ignore the daunting task, but I try to take it in stride and not focus on the things that I can’t fix. Instead, I make myself find the good. Sometimes the stress pushes the things that are good away and it’s hard to focus on them. Fine. I make a list. I pray the list. I thank God for that list. (I might also cry because I know that I’m searching for some good and it’s just plain hard sometimes).
Right now, you may be going through some unsure, sad and scary things. Find a scripture and hang onto it. Play the up and down game with your family. The key is to remember that God is bigger. Training yourself to remember that truth isn’t easy, but is worth the work so that a pair of pants can make your whole day better…