Someone Once Asked…..

 

 

 

The other day as I was scrolling through my social media, I came across a saying that really resonated with me. My mother used to ask me this question but in a different form. The question was “Why do you always insist on taking the hard road?” I was not wise enough to answer her well. However, I think now I can even though she is not with me any longer here on earth. The answer to the question is simply this, “Why do you assume I see two roads.”

As we are on our road of life, sometimes we must take a path that maybe we did not see coming to teach us a lesson that will not only help us, but it might be of benefit to someone else. Sure, that road may be filled with potholes, and danger or even a collision or two. But they are there for a reason.

I know as a child I was not the easiest child to raise. I had my own mind from the time I was a toddler. I always went my own path. I guess I felt like I needed to know things to experience first hand things in order to learn. Did I make bad decisions, did I fall on my face. You bet. Did I disappoint my parents, on more than one occasion. Did I fail myself, you bet I did. Did I disappoint my creator, I have forgotten the times I did. And yet, I learned, sometimes I had to fall in that pothole more than once. I credit my Scot/Irish ancestors with that mindset. But I learned, eventually. For those of you who know the person you see today, I was not always that person. I was shy, timid, felt unworthy, unloved and unaccepted. I would not speak up, nor would I voice an opinion. I felt I had nothing to offer.  I strived to be all things to all people and in the end, I lost me. I felt that my words did not matter, that my worth did not matter and that no matter how much I strived, I would never matter. It took the hard road to show me that I mattered, if to no one else but God. I have been called harsh by some, even my own children in the past. Maybe   am. I know that if I am asked, I will speak up. If I see someone running out into the road and a truck is on a Collison course with them, I will try to pull them back. That is my road.

The “hard road” has taught me how to make my past experiences a guidepost not a hitching post and that is okay.

The point is this. As humans maybe we only see one road, and maybe that is okay. Maybe our journey will help someone else on their journey down their hard road. What we must remember is that our Creator is always by our side. He always walks with us and we always have a way to get out of those potholes.

 

Repetitive Complaining

Have you ever known someone that was constantly complaining about one thing or another? It did not matter what good things were going on in their life, everything was always doom and gloom.

I have known a few of those folks in my life. Their aura is filled with negative energy and therefore they attract every negative thing that comes their way. Even if something good happens they find something wrong with it.

I read this saying the other day and it struck me how true this is. “Repetitive complaining will attract things for you to complain about. Repeated gratitude will attract things for you to be thankful about.”  
We are told in 1 Thessalonians 5:18
 – In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Even in times of trials we are to give thanks. We are not to complain.

In my life I have been through many trials, I have been at the bottom of the well and at the top of the mountain. I have been without and have had plenty. The thing I learned was to be grateful for even the smallest blessing. To be grateful for the largest trial. Both things were for my benefit and edification. I learned that by being grateful and by being appreciative for the things I was blessed with including the trials, I was blessed even more in ways I never imagined.

Complaining does nothing but destroy one’s emotional, mental, spiritual and physical being. It eats away at the person like a cancer and drives away those who are important. If we want to become more like Christ, then we must follow his example of always being grateful. We must express that gratitude to God and those around us. We must shine that light for the world to see and follow.

We are all on a journey, we all have life experiences, if we make those a guidepost as opposed to a hitching post, we can have repeated gratitude for all things that happen.

I agree that human nature says, complaining is the way to go. However, our example is not human nature our example is Jesus. Being openly grateful allows us to have peace in our lives. Being grateful draws us closer to God. Being grateful allows others to see God in us. Being grateful attracts more things for us to be grateful about. That is one of the best blessings there is.