Ever have one of those days when you feel run over by a truck? When all you see are the cracks in your armor, without the strength to put it all back together again? Today began as one of those days.
So many yeses with not enough noes, add lots of to-dos minus not enough gotten-dones, throw in scant communication peppered by false assumptions and you have a recipe for the avalanche that rumbled through our tiny home yesterday. The dust settled by day’s end but this morning I woke up feeling like this rock: crushed, pitiful, full of excuses to be useless today.
A little prayer and two cups of tea later, the picture I had chosen to depict this woeful tale revealed a truth to me. We have a choice. To focus on the brokenness, or on the beauty that can surprise us in the midst of it: clarity, understanding, compassion, productive urgency, deeper dependence on God, fewer barriers inhibiting love. In which case, broken can be good.
Then in the middle of this epiphany, as He is prone to do, God emailed confirmation.
So today let’s keep on choosing. To focus on the good. Choose life-giving words. In our own heads and in what we send out into the world. Especially when it gets hard. Even when it feels like we’ve been run over by a truck.
Funny thing is, when we look at the good in the midst of the challenge, we don’t feel so broken any more.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. ~ Phillipians 4:8 MSG
QUESTION: Feeling like you’ve been run over by a truck? What good thing, even if it’s the tiniest sprout of a thing, has sprung up in the midst of your challenge? Let’s choose to focus on that instead.