“The Lord is my Shepherd, I lack nothing.” Psalms 23:1
The Holiday Season is in full swing, so I should feel joyful and love. Instead, I want to avoid everyone and everything. I am feeling very grinch-like, not to mention sick with an ear infection. All I see are problems and people’s rudeness. The invite to my pity-party should be arriving to you all shortly.
The last couple of weeks, felt like one bad day after another. I donated a goat to World Vision and thought that would lift my spirits. But instead, I saw more causes to donate to and how I don’t have enough money in the world to fix them all.
Another day in the building I work in, I held the door open for 5 different people. Not one thank you. Instead, I got bumped into by 2 of the individuals and completely ignored by all of them.
Really? I thought the holidays brought out the niceness (fake as it may be) in everybody.
To top it all off, I saw a customer at Target, swear and belittle an employee over something the customer misunderstood. He got personal and nasty. It was horrid. My daughter heard every word. I wanted to hug that employee and punch the customer. But instead, I remained complacent and got more sad.
It is hard to feel any joy at all when times are difficult and uncertain. During clean up time for my home, I was folding a blanket and I cried out to the Lord.
I said, “Jesus…please come back now. I know I am more fortunate than others, but really…these days are difficult for so many, it is so overwhelming.” Then a beautiful thought crossed my mind…
“Everyday is a good day, because I know Jesus!”
Even if the day seems bad all the way around, there is something in that day to be grateful. I may not have had one good thing happen all day, but I know Jesus and He is my Savior. He knows all I go through and God is a good, good Father.
It is perfect timing that the New Year is coming…it is time for a good reset. That is something Minimalism has taught me. Clear out in my life the things that are holding me back and not living the way God has for me.
So, when I get in the car today, I will turn on that all day long Christmas song playing radio station and sing it loud, even if “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” is in my head.
Lesson Learned: I am thankful everyday because I know Jesus.
“Dear Heavenly Father, I am thankful that I know you. Thank you Jesus, for being my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you for all that you have blessed me with and carried me through. Lord, let your love pour over this world. Let people know, you Father God are all we need. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN!”