Positive Thinking Tip: God will always make lemonade out of your lemons, so Don’t be so hard on yourself.
Last year I remember having one particularly horrible, edgy day. I was angry at everyone, and everything around me. Even the things that weren’t all that bad started looking intolerable.
I didn’t even know what originally set me off, but I was clearly out of control.
And the final straw: doggie poop in the back yard.
That was it. We had already had a pow wow with our children the month before, and the deal was agreed – that they needed to pitch in on his poop and start caring for him better without being reminded, or we’d need to find him a better home.
With seven children between the ages of 3 and 17, surely there would be someone who cared enough about keeping our beloved basset hound to show that kind of initiative.
Well, it had been about four weeks, and only ONCE had one of the children cleaned up his poop without being asked.
He was already in one classified ad, and we had received two calls up to that point, but we also had a list of what the perfect home for him would be like, and we weren’t going to give him up unless we found someone whose home matched that list.
But on this day, I had become overly upset about the poop and determined to place an ad in another paper to speed up the process.
My 14 year-old son saw me typing furiously on the computer and wondered, “What are you doing?”
“Placing another ad for Charlie.”
“What?!” He was devastated. He couldn’t believe I was actually going to go through with it, and was surprised to find out that this wasn’t the first ad I had placed.
Finding no sympathy in me, he stormed out of the house to cool off. I felt horrible. I wondered why I had failed so miserably at being the kind of person I prefer to be.
It wasn’t until several days later that I found out why it turned out okay that I had experienced such a ‘bad’ day. I learned that God can use us, even when we’re being pathetic, to accomplish his purposes:
On that same day, my ten year old was across the neighborhood coming home from the park on his bike. His pant leg got caught in the chain on a street that we rarely ever traverse. He was stuck, and alone, and didn’t have the strength nor could he get the right angle to pull it out.
Until my 14 year-old wandered into that remote area of our neighborhood, just trying to get away from a cranky mother. He very rarely has had a reason to go on that street, and on that day, he thought he was on his way to nowhere.
But no, he was on his way to his brother and didn’t even know it.
I don’t think God purposely tries to tick me off so that this kind of rescue can take place… but he knows me and my weaknesses. He lets me have them so that I’ll stay humble, and learn to rely on him more completely… and as a side benefit, he uses my weaknesses to accomplish good things.
I guess it just makes me feel like everything is going to turn out okay if I just keep trying to do my best, and forgive myself on days when I’m at my worst.
All is not lost in those days when we fail, in fact, I’ll bet that more good comes out of those days than we’ll ever know.
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