Life is full of disappointments. Hard things happen, it’s just how it goes. However, if this is what you focus your whole worldview around, you will miss the thousands of other blessings and things that in fact are going well.
I know for myself that I can fall into this very easily because I’m not naturally an optimist and I would say I like to stick to the facts. For example, if enough crappy situations occur, then its second nature for me to come to the conclusion that my life sucks and complain, “Why do these things always happen to me?!!”
If you look at life negatively, like Eeyore from “Winnie the Pooh,” you will become a negative person consumed by all that’s grey, even when it’s sunny out. This, like I said I am guilty of and it’s something that has come to my attention more and more over the last few days.
As I was working on finishing the baby blanket I had started when my son was first born and only now got back to, I came across some challenges. I had done row after row perfectly for some time and then when it came to doing the last six rows that were the more complicated part of the pattern, I kept getting it wrong.
I’d have to pull everything out and start again and this happened a couple times before I realized the problem… I had one too many stitches. I was supposed to have 97 and I had had 98. With the dilemma finally figured out and a few groans of frustration to boot, I was able to finish the project. The pattern still got a bit mixed up though and wasn’t the way I wanted it. I was fed up by all my mistakes and felt like it was all a waste of time.
Then I got the thought, “Amber, you’re not a robot or a machine so mistakes are to be expected and it’s okay. Don’t let a few mistakes ruin the whole experience.” As weird as this might be to some, I felt Jesus was speaking to me through that thought and that he was reminding me of what was most important.
It wasn’t about being perfect but trying and failing and succeeding and learning from the process. It was all about growing in patience and humility and learning how to receive grace from Him, others, and myself. Man, I have a long way to go but that’s okay… or at least that’s what I’m trying to tell myself. ;P
I hope you enjoyed this post and can find peace in the crazy chaos and disappointments of life. Your only “doomed” for negativity if that’s all you focus on. That doesn’t mean your problems aren’t important or worth validating, but the question is, what do you allow to role your life? Is it going to be what you go through or is it going to be your faith in Jesus an fighting will to be better regardless?
P.S Now I can say I LOVE this blanket! Its so Boho and pretty, so we better end up having a girl this time otherwise it’s just going to end up a lap blanket for me or I might try to sell it, if there’s any takers?!! Lem’me know. 😉