The Think Write Thursday prompt for this week is to write about the ways I stay positive when it feels like everything is going wrong. What do I do to get through those times and stay focused on the good?
I am a planner. I like to have a schedule. I can change my plans or adjust my schedule, but I still like to know where I am headed. Lately, I have found myself in a new place. Lots of waiting for someone else to tell me what will happen next and when that next might be. So I have been practicing a loose grip. I grab a bag with knitting, a book, a healthy snack, and my water bottle and head out to see what this day will bring. I am also practicing the gift of presence, being with another person without expectation of anything in return. Let me tell you, it is not easy for me. But I am learning something about what it means to be compassionate and kind, faithful and strong. I am learning to walk toward instead of away.
“Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.”
James 1:2-4 MSG