Saturday, August 4, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me?

Yesterday, my cell phone rang "off the hook" with Facebook Happy Birthday Greetings!  This along with lunch my with Momma and sister & her kids, and then supper with my husband and daughter was what made the day tolerable!  Everything else seemed to go to pot! 

And then, of course, the pity party ensues!  I'm 37 and I've got nothing to show for it.  Oh, sure.  I have a nice house, good family, I'm SAVED, I have a great church family and friends, but I have nothing to show for my time here on earth. LOL!

Why is it that when we have setbacks, our whole world seems to "fall apart"?

Perspective. 

Sometimes we lose our perspective.  I was talking to my baby brother last night (I'm eleven years his senior, so no matter how old HE gets, he'll always be my baby brother!) and he talked about an episode that he had with his welding machine. 

My brothers work about 90 hours a week-and no, that's not a typing error!  They drive dump trucks, repair the dump trucks, do all of the car repairs for the family, and help my Dad on his construction jobs-and for what?  They money doesn't spread far enough, a lot of the times my Dad gets stiffed on payments for the work he does, and it seems like the harder you try to do something, the further behind you get.  (And yet, everything is getting paid SOMEHOW, and none of us are hungry! PTL!)

The dump truck was in need of welding, and my brother was out of the materials.  So, he had to go to Lowe's and get some of that.  Then he came home-it was about 9:00 p.m. then, and the machine wouldn't start.  he fought it for about thirty minutes, and it still wouldn't start.  The work had to be done!  After "flipping out" as he described it, and picking up a 350-400 pound machine by his own adrenaline, he had a good rant!  It seems like the little things set you off when your tired.  When he was done, he was able to step back and change perspective.  What did any of that welding really matter?  He went back to Lowe's and bought a new welder. 

The point is this: sometimes we need to vent in order to be able to step back and "see the big picture."  We are emotional people-God made us this way.  We have to handle our emotions instead of letting them handle us.  If you need to rant, write it down on a piece of paper and then throw it away!  (I did this last week!)  I've heard one pastor's wife say, go dig a hole in the back yard, scream your rants into it, and then bury them!  However you can release your steam without affecting someone else negatively, DO IT! 

Jesus says in John 10:10, "The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." 

The little setbacks in life are robbing our joy.  We need to let it out, and step back and look at Jesus.  He is the Big Picture!  He has it all!  If a door is closed to us, then it's because He has something better for us down the road.  We have an all-knowing Saviour.  We have abundant life, and all we need to do is tap in.  We do that by looking to Jesus.  If we don't, it's our own fault.

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