Sometimes I’m scared. I worry about what the future holds, if I’ll be able to support my kids the way that I want to, if I’ll be able to stay in my house and lots of other fears.
Sometimes I withdraw. I have wounds that run deep and the pain comes around and I want to drop out of sight and wallow in my self-pity. Or, I remember the things I’ve done to hurt others and think it’s better for me to not get close to anyone else lest I hurt them or let them down.
There are more of these types of traits I could explain but I get the idea already. The point is, these are choices. I choose to acknowledge my hurt and feel pain. There’s nothing wrong with that because those feelings are real. HOWEVER, I also choose to acknowledge those feelings and I choose how I will respond. I can respond with fear, withdrawal or avoidance OR I can respond with understanding and gratefulness for what God has in store for me.
This is why I term gratefulness as a project. It’s a work in progress, something that I sometimes fail at handling in the best way and sometimes I take the better route. My prayer is that I will continue to take the better path more and more often and I do that by the choices I make.
Here’s a video that’s worth the 10 minutes or whatever it will take. Enjoy.
Grace and peace.