Rise up and help us redeem your unfailing love (44:26)
We cry this, constantly, especially when bad things happen. It is so easy to immediately blame whoever is in charge, but experience has told me that 9 times out of 10 we bear a personal responsibility for our own failures.
Or at least I know I do.
I had a bad day last week. I woke up later than normal, had to clean up a mess, and was running late for work. My mind on other things, I ignored the speed limit. And for the first time in my driving life I was pulled over for speeding.
My first thought: crap.
My second thought: blame someone else. Anyone else.
But it was my responsibility; I was speeding. I deserved the ticket–
In His infinite grace, I was granted reprieve. The officer let me off with a warning. I didn’t deserve the warning; I was breaking the law, but I was granted it anyway.
Because as humans we like to blame others, we have to make a conscious effort not only to shoulder the blame for our stupidity, but also to turn the ‘bad’ into something beautiful.
Even when that seems impossible.
I had a bad day, but how I react to the bad day and where I take it, that defines who I am and who I will become.
Bad things do happen. Bad days sometimes feel like they outweigh the good, but even when there is a mountain standing in our way we still have a choice: trust God, or wallow in self pity.
Personally, though a nice pity party sounds appealing sometimes, it never makes me FEEL any better. So when I choose to trust, that’s when the bad can become beautiful.
A lesson learned.
A revelation revealed.
A goodbye said.
As I tell my students: Attitude matters.