If your morning starts like this…you know it’s going to be a great day.

This morning I decided to take some time and just think. I’ve been reading Power Thoughts by Joyce Meyer and decided it would be good to take a little time and reflect on the thoughts that prevent me from living a blessed life the most. I’ve been pretty stressed lately–from packing for college to planning graduation parties to learning how to say goodbye, I’ve found myself thinking a lot less positively than my inner optimist would like.

Most often, I find myself thinking negatively when things aren’t going my way. As the oldest of four kids, I’ve always thought of myself as being a leader. In many situations, this is a good thing. But often, being a leader means that you are accustomed to having things done your way. In that mindset, I’ve found my struggle. I find myself disappointed, upset, or even offended when things happen in a way that I didn’t think they should. I spend a lot of time thinking about what would have happened if I had been in charge. Why couldn’t things just happen my way?

This thinking isn’t uncommon for people my age, and is reinforced by the culture around us. I’m sure many of us are familiar with Burger King’s slogan: “Have it your way!” or see commercials where you are guaranteed a refund if you aren’t satisfied. If you’re anything like me, it can be easy to think that God operates under the same standards. But when I take a step back and realize what I’m saying when I get upset at life’s daily struggles: “God, why couldn’t you just let things happen MY way instead of Yours?” I understand that the real problem lies in the mirror.

The real issue isn’t whether the party goes well or I get the classes I want for college…the issue is whether I trust a good and loving God, or not.

When I look at it that way–compare my wavering, insecure, distrusting self to a steadfast, loving, and dependable God, the choice seems pretty clear. Yet it’s a decision I struggle with every day.

Opening my Bible this morning to James, I read a verse that was familiar to me but took on a whole new meaning in the presence of my thoughts: “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of any kind, because you know the testing of your faith develops patience. And let patience finish its work so you may be full and complete, not lacking anything.” {James 1:2-4}

When things don’t go my way, it’s not an opportunity to be angry with those around me or God–it’s an opportunity for me to let go of my own selfish ambitions and lift my eyes to God’s greater plan. I may be upset because someone said something unkind about me–God sees it as an opportunity to break my pride. I may be disappointed because my plans for the day didn’t work out–God is calling my attention to the greater plans He has for me. Simply put, the choice I have to make is whether I’m going to live for the temporal or the eternal–whether I’m going to serve my own desires or God’s calling.

I’m going to live today. I know that there will be today that won’t happen as I would have liked it, that won’t go according to plan. But today, and every day that I pause to remember this–I won’t see this situation as an opportunity to ruin my day. I’ll see it as a reminder that God loves me, and is encouraging me to trust Him…and let go.

P.S. When life gives you the opportunity to have pancakes, always make them chocolate chip.

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One thought on “Letting Go.

  1. Jeanette, that is my absolute favorite verse – and one that Jason and I used for our wedding. I loved reading your thoughts on such a profound statement…it served as a great reminder to me of what God should be in our lives! Keep blogging! :)

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