Yesterday my son and I were out delivering food to some people in our community; when we witnessed something very unpleasant. We stopped for a quick bite at a small gas station. Behind the counter was a very unkind woman taking lunch orders. She had been very rude to every person in line. Many of the things she said cannot even be repeated. I just thought to myself; you never know what someone is going through in their life. Everyone you meet is facing some sort of trial.
It’s how we handle the trials in our lives that make us who we are. Joy is not the absence of trouble (James 1:2-4). Joy is achieved when we learn to accept life as it comes and make the best of it. If one is always consumed with the negatives in life, one cannot focus on the positive. Learn to let things go. Count your blessings not your troubles. Life is too short.
Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. James 4:14
Jane McWhorter gave these words of wisdom:
Just for the fun of it, let each dish represent a blessing in your life. By the time you have filled the dish drainer, you will be a more grateful person.
Thank God for dirty dishes;
They have a tale to tell.
While others folks go hungry,
We’re faring very well.
With home and health and happiness,
Why should we want to fuss:
For by this stack of evidence,
God is mighty good to us.
Someone once said, taste your words the next time before you speak them. Think about that for a moment. Will they be sour? Will be they bitter? Will they lack that ingredient that will make them palatable, that ingredient of kindness? If they are lacking in this, why don’t you add it? Kindness should be found in our actions. Kindness should be found in our speech. Kindness should be found in our thoughts. If we are in kind in our thoughts, we will overlook a lot of the trivial things, that which would ordinarily ruin a day for us.
Remember, love is kind. It is the element of kindness that helps us to overlook many things. “Above all things being fervent in your love among yourselves; for love covereth a multitude of sins” (1 Peter 4:8). It is the element of kindness which helps us to overlook the faults of others.
We must rise above the trials and tribulations of life; take great joy in knowing it will be worth it if we will but remain faithful to the Giver of life and joy.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (Romans 6:23)