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I have had more then my fair share of tragedies in my life, both physical and emotional. Last night one of my pets died, and while it certainly not the worst tragedy in my life the thought that I will never get to hear my parrot Bo say “cracker” again is enough to bring me to tears.
The dark times, often make people question God, but others draw closer to him during those times. I am lucky enough that I was introduced to apologetics very early in my Christian walk. I never wonder if he is there not even in my worst of moments. I draw my strength from KNOWING that one day I will get to hear the love of my life say ” Well done, good and faithful servant.”. It isn’t easy, but as long as I focus on him I will have the strength to move on. My trials on Earth will not only make me stronger, and somehow even if I don’t yet see it some good will eventually come from it. These dark days will make me appreciate Heaven even more, because without back stabbers we would not know how special our true friends are, without discomfort we would not appreciate comfort, and without hunger we would not appreciate a wonderful meal.
I may be in physical and emotional pain right now, but thanks be to God I know that a brighter day is coming!
Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.
–Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have a friend that has an amazing talent. No matter how bad of a mood I am in she can make me laugh! I have been on the verge of tears, within a few minutes of getting into her car I am laughing hysterically! One day I was talking to her about this and she mentioned that I had a similar effect on her.
I also have someone else in my life that complains about EVERYTHING! She has all the personality of a thunder storm. When she walks into a room it doesn’t matter how happy you are, in a very few minutes you will be sad and depressed. Emotions are extremely contagious things.
When I used to work (I am not healthy enough now) I used to have a boss that constantly stressed that we needed to smile at all of our customers. I noticed something back then that I seemed to have forgotten for far to long. Fake smiles rarely stay fake! If you find yourself in a bad mood all the time try smiling at the people you pass during your daily life. At least some of those people will smile back! Before long their better moods will rub off on you and that smile that you gave them as a gesture of friendliness, will turn into a genuine smile of happiness!
How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment, we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make their contribution toward introducing justice straightaway… And you can always, always give something, even if it is only kindness!
All we have to decide is what to do with the time we are given.
Gandalf to Frodo, The Fellowship of the Ring (movie)
In the confrontation between the stream and the rock, the stream always wins not through strength, but through persistence.