Yesterday, I had a crazy day with just some “Stuff” going on that I allowed to steal my joy most of my afternoon. When I myself experience a wrong-doing to me, or a wrong-doing to one of my friends, or family, I can assure you I am like a mama cat on two legs with claws up in the air, showing my teeth like a cheetah ready to bite (imagine that.) Being one who speaks what’s on my mind which sometimes is not such a good trait, and sometimes gets me into trouble. It’s me, its who God made me, and it’s my own little personality.
When bringing truth or light to a situation that needs to be addressed, is not always easy, I do believe that God expects us NOT to be the one that sits back on the sideline never saying a word. The way God expects us to handle things are not always being quiet and comfortable, but being bold and uncomfortable. When we do not speak up in certain situations and sweep it under the rug as if it never happened, is not being who God calls us to be. With that being said, here is the amazing blessing I was left with yesterday. I was reaching out to a very dear friend of ours and called her last night to discuss the situation with her. When she answered the phone, I asked her how she was doing and she said “Christie” not too well” one of my very good friends committed suicide over the weekend.
My heart at that point completely changed from my petty problem to being filled with sympathy to the wife who was left behind. As most of you know, my husband prior to Ronnie committed suicide. All of the emotions from that day immediately came rushing back. I knew minute by minute what the wife that was left behind was feeling. I knew what that first night felt like, what the first morning felt like, and all the days to follow. Now, years later I still struggle with his suicide in one form or another. What a petty situation that was yesterday that stole my Joy compared to what this woman is going through this evening.
My friend helped me throw my perspectives back into place really quick. Today I woke up again, humbled, and putting my priorities of what really matters in life in order. How we let everyday life upset us in so many ways, when really they are just that, petty little things. I want to thank that sweet friend of mine, that God used her in my life in such a sweet way yesterday. See, God does use ordinary people in our lives every day, He uses those people in such a mighty way, and all in His timing. My lesson in getting upset at such petty things in life, is to realize how truly blessed I am each day, and how I can continue to sink my life into others, which in return takes my focus off of myself. Instead of me calling and upsetting her with my “stuff” my friend truly brought me back to my roots of who, and what, in life really matters. Thank you Jesus for working in such a beautiful way.
Do you find yourself in these types of situation’s, share one of your stories with Ronnie and I, we would love to hear from others and get your perspective on this?
We love doing life with all of you every day.
The wicked flee when no one pursues, but the righteous are bold as a lion.