Have you ever had days when everything was going well and then all of a sudden things start to fall apart? I’ve had a few of them lately! With two year old twins I find it hard to keep up with everything and when things start going wrong I often find myself getting overwhelmed and anxious.
One of those days happened a little while ago. I was busy cooking and feeding the boys a snack when I went to get them some raisins to eat. I opened the glass canister and it broke sending glass flying into my bowl and down into the raisins.
About that time my husband came into the room. I’d begun to get upset about all the wasted food and preparation I’d been doing, when he said “It’s still going to be a good day”. I have to admit my first thought was to react negatively to his statement, but it actually made me stop and think. It’s my choice how I react to things that happen. I can get upset and let it ruin my day or I can choose to take life with it’s challenges and find something positive in each one.
That day I had been working on getting organized early so I could find some time to write. I’d been feeling as if there were always roadblocks to getting to my writing. This set back was going to take more time but I realized it had given me more to write about!
I started thinking about what else I could learn from this experience and a few things came to my mind. The glass shards that went into my mixture were just little pieces. If I’d chosen to try picking them out to save my mix there could have been bits that were hidden that I missed. They were only tiny but they could be extremely dangerous. It made me wonder how often the little things – the little white lie or always being a few minutes late, or whatever it is that we tell ourselves really doesn’t matter – have an effect that could be disastrous for us.
It seemed that most of the glass had gone flying into my mix rather then down into the raisins in the canister. Since it was easier to go through the raisins I washed them and put them in another container. It reminded me that God can remove the dangerous things from my life and wash me clean too.
I have to admit that I was always a little worried about whether I had washed the raisins well enough, so I did end up discarding most of them in the end too. I know when God cleans up our lives he does a thorough job so I don’t have to worry about that. However, it reminds me that when there are times I’m not sure if something is good for me (book, movie, game or anything that I don’t have peace with), rather than ‘play’ with potential danger, I should just get rid of it or avoid it.
That day instead of having a meltdown and setting the scene for a disastrous day, I was able to choose to deal with the challenge, learn something from it and enjoy the day. Do I get this right every time? No, but every time I make that choice my day goes better and it’s easier to make the right choice again the next time.
© Copyright 2015 Kerryn Booth
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