I've learned a few things over the years. I used to keep a journal and write them down, but the last few years I haven't been so good about that. Still, I learn things, and I'd like to think that they are good and useful things, so I'm going to try and start writing them down here to hopefully help others.
So, everybody has this line in their perception. Everything above that line is a blessing. Everything below that line is a curse. Everything right at the line is the status quo, or 'as it should be.' Some people have a fairly high line. These people aren't usually very happy, because so much everyday stuff is under the line, and the stuff above the line is rare. Some people have a low line...they are, obviously, happier. Everyday stuff is a blessing.
The thing is, Heavenly Father has asked us to be grateful in ALL things, to acknowledge His hand in EVERYTHING. How many of us do that with this line we have in our head? How many of us can say when we get sick, 'I'm grateful that I'm sick?' What if it's cancer? What if it's your child with cancer? Can you honestly say that you're grateful? What do you think would happen if you DID?
Do you think it would make you happier? Put things into perspective? Remind you of the love of God, which goes beyond this life and everything in it? I've seen a bit of sorrow. One thing I've realized, though, is that I can get through it, as long as I put things into their proper perspective. God loves me. He is there to help me. He WANTS to help me. His ULTIMATE GOAL is to help me get back home to Him and He will do everything to get me there. So if something happens, it's for my good, whether it's fun or not, whether it's a consequence or not, no matter what. It's not only OK, it's the BEST thing for me. So who am I to complain? The Son of Man hath descended below them all, art thou greater than He? I need to throw away the line. Heavenly Father loves me. And that's all I need to know.
3 weeks ago