So, yeah – I’m a list kind of person. I have post-it notes stuck all over my computer. The grocery list is on a chalkboard in the kitchen AND on a notepad in my satchel. I have reminders of doctor’s appointments, school functions, work duties and errands I need to run jammed in my smart phone, which syncs to our tablet…….(YES! I know that you are all excited that I have transitioned to 2015 – thank you very much!) BUT – just in case that fails the lists are duplicated with good old-fashioned American pencil and paper……somewhere…..under the other stacks of paper…….
It should have come as no surprise to me, therefore, when I sat down today and started to make another list……of my blessings. Gotta be honest – I’ve been feeling a lot like Job lately. Life has kind of been raining down heavy on me. There are days when it’s started to feel like having faith that God was going to work every sucky thing that is going on for His good just wasn’t enough to hang on to.
So – instead of feeling sorry for myself and acting like a martyr in some low budget film – I made the conscious decision to FLOURISH. Falling back on something comfortable and so very simple as making a list has made all the difference in my day……so far……(It’s only 6:11 a.m. – but HEY! – It’s working!)
I made a list. I’ve checked it twice. Instead of focusing on all the things that have been TAKEN AWAY from me – I physically sat down with a notebook and a pen, and I started to list ALL the things that I HAVE BEEN GIVEN. The list of blessings truly goes on and on and on. So – like I said – it’s early – as the day goes on I’m sure I’m going to be grabbing that list to remind myself just how fortunate and blessed by God’s grace I really am.
“Job replied, ‘ Don’t talk like a fool! If we accept blessings from God, we must accept trouble as well.’ In all that happened, Job never once said anything against God.” Job 2:10