--Marianne Williamson, Everyday Grace
I spent a portion of my life assuming my failings were other peoples' faults. When I would get hurt, it must have been because of the other person. When I didn't succeed, it could only have been the other factors involved. When friendships have whithered away, I made up excuses why the other person was no longer available.
All of that was so much easier that taking a look at myself. My part in the equations. My errors. My misunderstandings. My lack of faith.
But life changes us. Life makes us decide - do I go through life always feeling hurt, insecure, sad, angry, frustrated, or put upon? Or do I decide to look at things from different angles? To take responsibility for my own parts in the events of my life?
My faith has changed the way I live life. It's made me see things - and people - from a different perspective. And I believe, in the long-run, it's made me the happier person that I am today.
I know I'm not perfect. I say the wrong things. Do the wrong things. Shy away from conflict. And yes, I like to think I'm right much of the time. **Wink**
But, as Marianne Williamson says: when life gets us down, those of us with faith in God look at the situation from a faith-filled perspective. Humble. Truth-seeking. With forgiveness - both for ourselves and others. With love. With grace.
Things can change. But we've got to start somewhere - and for me? It almost always starts with myself. When I feel that moment when life seems to be lacking... I know it's time to look within. What can I do? What can I pray?
And I know... When I begin that process... Abundance is on the way. Hold on. Have faith.
That I can do.
Things I am thankful for today:
1. Our Pastor is out of town, so I was leading worship and preaching. Everything went smoothly - Allelulia!
2. Mentors that try their best for my confirmands.
3. Lessons in grace.
4. John 8:1-11. Great passage to preach on today!
5. Another $100 donated to my Susan G Komen 3 Day Walk! (I now have $595 toward my $2300 goal!)
6. "Once Upon a Time."
7. Emails that make me smile... Thanks, Jean!
8. Moments of clarity.
9. A little time to read... For fun!
10. Day dreaming...
QotD: If you could change something about today, what would it be?
My effectiveness in working with our confirmands... Sometimes, it feels like a pointless rollercoaster! (I know in my heart it is not, and I do love the kids, just somedays are worse than others.)