How can there be opportunity in tragedy? How do you make something good out of an excruciatingly painful situation? How do you find a silver lining when your life is filled with nothing but stormy skies?
It’s not easy finding opportunities, but it can be done if you’re equipped with the right stuff. God gives us so many examples in His Word of how ordinary folks like us overcame difficult situations and by His grace created a new path for their lives.
Each day our lives are filled with tough decisions, difficult situations and tons of interruptions. How do we get a handle on it? We can start by thinking outside of ourselves.
If you get upset with the way others drive try to imagine what’s going on in their heads. If you lose patience waiting in line, try to imagine the problems those ahead of you are facing. The guy who cut you off, might be on the way to the hospital to be with his dying parent. The first person in line may need help in having something explained.
Maybe we need to think more outside our own bubble. Our world is changing. We no longer rely on each other for help. We have become caccooned in our own little worlds and rarely have interaction face to face. It’s time to start caring for each other again, rather than thinking the worst.
God has an app for that. In the Ten Commandments we learn how to relate to God and those in our lives. Jesus added this one – love your neighbor as yourself.
It is definitely a challenge, especially in our individualistic, self-sufficient American culture to think of others needs rather than just our own (Phil 2:3-4). It is wisdom and maturity to be able to consider things from another person’s perspective, as you have done with your driving and waiting in line examples. Because of my ongoing challenge with pride and impatience, I ask God daily to help me see people this way. Thanks for the good reminder. 🙂
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Thanks for your comments. We’re all guilty of this, but with hard work it can be done.
That’s right. Putting a smile on someone’s face helps us to think less of our situation. Thanks for sharing.
That’s right. Putting a smile on someone’s face helps us to think less about our unpleasant situations. Thanks for sharing.
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Thanks for your comment. We have to start somewhere, right?