The best teachings one can give is one that has been experienced and the best lessons comes from experience. So today I want to talk to you about something I am going through personally. It’s about not giving up, waiting for a brighter day, looking and feeling positive regardless of the present situation of things.
For one my life isn’t perfect and I am still waiting and hoping for better days and for a whole lot of things to fall into place, people look at me and say hey Michael what’s up? What’s new? And expect to hear about the new things, accomplishments, achievements etc in your life and when you tell them “same old” two things always happen
1. Their faces lights up as if they are secretly happy that you are stagnant.
2. They look into your eyes and show concern, support and understanding.
Anyway I am not here to talk about what other people think about your condition but what you think about it and how you carry on. To be really honest staying positive, smiling and keeping your head up is one of the most difficult things to do when life and things are going tough, at that point every single thing you said about not giving up seems to fly out the window but knowing God and remembering all his promises to those who love him makes it a lot easier to look at the brighter side even in the darkest of times. So when you feel as if things are not working out remember his promises of never forsaking his children, remember that he will see you through and your situation will pass.
It is also important to remember to smile while waiting and while facing our storms/battles. Try not to take it out on others because everyone is going through a storm, heading into a storm or just coming out from a storm one way or the other. As difficult as it may get remember to smile for God is in control. Learn how to let go and let God.
Mat 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Mat 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Mat 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
I love NIV and in NIV verse 27 says
“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
All what I am saying and sharing with you is more like words I am telling myself to strengthen my faith but I choose to type it out and I hope it reaches to someone else out there too. You guys know I am crazy about good stories so let me share two…STORY 1
It was a beautiful spring day, and a sense of peace stayed with me as I left the cathedral on Easter Monday morning. I paused for a moment on top of the steps leading to the avenue, now crowded with people rushing to their jobs. Sitting in her usual place inside a small archway was the old flower lady. At her feet, corsages and boutonnieres were parading on top of a spread-open newspaper.
The flower lady was smiling, her wrinkled old face alive with some inner joy. I started down the stairs–then on an impulse, turned and picked out a flower.
As I put it in my lapel, I said, “You look happy.”
“Why not?’ she answered. “Everything is good.”
She was dressed so shabbily and seemed so very old that her reply started me. “You’ve been sitting here for many years now, haven’t you? And always smiling. You wear your troubles well.”
“You can’t reach my age and not have troubles,” she replied. “only it’s like Jesus and Good Friday….” She paused for a moment.
“Yes?” I prompted
“Well, when Jesus was crucified on Good Friday, that was the worst day for the whole world. When I get troubles I remember that, and then I think of what happened only three days later-Easter and our Lord rose from the dead. So when things go wrong, I’ve learned to wait days and somehow everything gets much better.”
She smiled good-bye, but her words still follow me whenever I think I have troubles… “Give God a chance to help…wait three days.”
Story 2: Don’t Forget To Smile
A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up, along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.
Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly and with each the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.
When the mother’s car drove up beside the child she lowered the window and called to her.
“What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?”
The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty, God keeps taking my picture.”
May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way. And don’t forget to SMILE then.