I am a very thoughtful person. If allowed I could spend hours just sitting and thinking. There are pros and cons to this, depending on if the thoughts are positive or negative. Sometimes thinking stresses me out, especially when I think about my future and the unknown. I sometimes find myself thinking about the past and how it got where I am today. About the people who have come and gone, the impact, both negative and positive that they left on my life. These thoughts leave me sad but also grateful because regardless of how those stories ended they made an impact on who I am today. I think of the people God has given me in this season of life like my family, my boyfriend, my friends and my church family. At the end of the day I come to one conclusion. God is good, and He has given me a wonderful life.
“I will always thank the Lord;
I will never stop praising Him.
I will praise Him for what he has done” Psalm 34:1-2
Despite the hurt, the pain, the uncertainty, and the stupid choices I have made, God is good. Not once did I fall and He not raise me up again. Not one time has He not used a bad situation for good. Everything that has ever been stolen from me has been replaced with something better. I do not understand everything that happens in my life but I do understand that God is good, all of the time. What has God done for you? What mess has He used for good in your life?
How often do we associate a bad day with a bad life? Do not ever allow yourself to get so beaten down by the bad that you forget the good. Every day that we wake up is a good day. The only thing that can change that is a bad perspective. Every day I deal with difficult people, and some days I just want to give up. But I have to press on, because I know that God has a purpose for me and that those people were put in my life for a reason. As much as it hurts I know that my lesson has not been learned yet, there is something God wants to teach me. I believe that once I have learned that lesson, that this too shall pass and I can move to my next season. Will there be difficult people in that season? Maybe, or maybe He will try to teach me something else. But this lesson is not in vain, I will carry what I learn into the next chapter. I do not know what this life holds, but I do know this, God is good.
“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
My desire for you is to love your life. We are not promised tomorrow, we only have today. And if tomorrow comes there is nothing we can do to stop it, to prepare for it, or change it. Embrace the bad, but lean on the good. Because all in all it is a good life. Do not get so caught up in tomorrow that you forget to be thankful for today.
Thankfulness is the key to joy. A lack of joy is all too often a lack of thankfulness. Thank God for what He has done and what he continues to do. God is good, life is good. So choose thankfulness every morning when you wake up. It will change your day completely. Love God and love People, if that is all that you do today then you lived it well. Those actions, however small they seem make a giant impact on your life and the world around. And if life gets tough, and it will, remember that God is good and life is good, no matter what. Give thanks for this crazy, beautiful life He has given us!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
His love endures forever.” 1 Chronicles 16:34
Lots of Love 💕,