Last week I said to one of my daughters...(.not naming names ) "On Wednesday you start ( a recreation activity that she has been waiting forever to start).
She said OHHH I hate my life......I have (mentions another RECREATIONAL activity) at the same time
I said "OH my gosh!! you hate your life because you have tooooo many recreational activities that you have wanted to be involved in and now they are conflicting with each other?" Yes you should hate your life! thank goodness you aren't a poor starving child in Ethiopia. Because if you hate your life now imagine what would happen if you had no food or shoes or home , or parents.
She said mom its just an expression everyone says that.
And I realize that they are just expressions but it just seems so ridiculous that people say such EXTREME things over such minor inconveniences.
Things like FML I got a flat tire on the way to work. HELLO....were you DRIVING a CAR from your house to a JOB that pays you so you can afford all these luxuries?
Give your head a shake. It should not be FML I missed the bus. It should be PTL or TYG (praise the Lord or Thank You God) that I have a car, money for the bus, a house , this small inconvenience because others have far less than I do.
Dont' get me wrong here I am not pointing fingers. I do similar things. I start to feel sorry for myself because I am sick , or am going through a stressful time. But when you read or hear of other tragedies mine are minuscule in comparison. I think of the recent families in the news Kyle Fundytus 16 who died this weekend in a hockey accident. The 4 boys who died in grand prairie from an alleged drunk driver. the family who lost their dad/father to cancer. the families at stollery who have children with cancer. My little hurts, inconveniences are NOTHING in comparison.
I heard of a story where some missionaries were watching the throngs of people in Haiti going to a church service after the devastating earthquake. One of the newer missionary said " I can really see why they are going to church They have NOTHING and need to ask God for so much" the other missionary said "On the contrary they are going to thank GOD for what they DO HAVE! "
We are so spoiled and so selfish in our own little world. We need to be more thankful. We just celebrated thanksgiving and the states are gearing up for their day of thanks. EVERYDAY should be thanks giving....or THANKS LIVING!
(WHEN I SAY WE I MEAN ME too!!! WE as SOCIETY. )
We need to take captive our negative thoughts and sayings and rephrase them. We need to quit complaining about the cross we have to bear and look at the other crosses others have to bear. If all the problems were thrown into a room and you had to pick one, I am pretty sure in most circumstances that you would want yours back instead of someone else's
1 Thes 5:18 Give thanks in all Circumstances for this is the will of GOD
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
In other words THINK POSITIVE thoughts.