Sometimes, the places that hold criticism and neglect shock me.
Even though I guess I should know by now, I can’t help hoping that some relationships will change one day.
In the same way, sometimes the places that hold encouragement and cheers surprise me as well. Sometimes a total stranger sees us more clearly than anyone we know.
I remember getting off the phone with someone one time and thinking, “Wow, after the things they said, I could be really hurt, and mad, and offended right now.” And then, something else took over, and I thought, “But. I just don’t want to be.”
It was a turning point for me. I realized I had a choice.
Practicing that choice is a practical way to change everything about my day, my feelings, even my physical health as I refuse to allow stress and pain to take over my life.
I realized that I like being happy more than I like being offended. I like having peace and moving past insults without having my day interrupted by anger. I like enjoying my kids instead of taking out other people’s mistakes on them.
And I love thinking of all the people who have hurt me as their best possible selves, seeing them in the best possible light. I love imagining the fun we would have if we could all be our best selves with each other, all the time, every day, no matter what.
It will be that way in heaven. I’m looking forward to it. Until then, we have a choice. God, help us choose well.
How do you choose to move past hurtful things?
Count it all joy… when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. Jas1:2-3 ESV
Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. Jas1:2-4 NLT