In this season of our lives… I mean the spring/beginning of summer, we are so crazy busy! My boys both play baseball, and they are in different age groups, so that means different teams and different fields at all different times. It’s also the end of the school year, so separate band and chorus concerts for each child, extra school activities that I like to volunteer for, graduation parties and other picnics; all on top of the regular life activities that we are part of.
Honestly we aren’t even involved in sports and activities like a lot of other people are. I don’t know how they keep it all together. Regardless, I always feel overwhelmed right about now. I clean, I cook, we eat really early and really fast, or take it with us and eat on the go. We get home, shower, go to bed, and start all over again!
Now, aside from baseball, from April to mid-June, we don’t really do any after-school extra curricular activities… Just church and family stuff. If this crazy schedule was most of our life, we would have to make some changes…but it’s fun even though it’s nuts. I love sitting outside watching our boys play ball, having picnic dinners while our daughter plays with the other little sisters and I get to just hang out with my husband. We make the best of it and really enjoy it.
I guess I said all of that to say this. Sometimes our regular lives seem rocky, hectic, or chaotic. This can have different effects on our spiritual lives. It can either pull us towards God or leave us dry. We can become angry, bitter and ungrateful or more dependent on God and learn to be more grateful.
When my family and I are in this crazy season, we can easily feel like it’s too hard and overwhelming, and we get tired and cranky, or we miss “normal life”… But just because it’s different and busy doesn’t mean we can’t find peace, contentment and joy in it and keep our focus on the positive.
Philippians 4:12-13 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
In life when we are hit with craziness, we especially need to keep our eyes on God. We need to pray for strength and guidance, focus on His Word, and relate it to our situations. I think this is so important because we learn from those who have gone before us and have succeeded and failed, with good or bad attitudes. We get to see many of their outcomes. I can say that it is always more refreshing and fulfilling learning about those who had good attitudes, who were grateful and full of praise. They made the best of, or just accepted their situations and praised the Lord anyhow. We can learn and grow so much when we choose this path rather than complaining or wishing things were different.
And really, I know that my example is minor especially compared with major life changing circumstances, but most of life is filled with normal every day events that we can either go with, make the best, and even be thankful for, or get annoyed with and become a negative nancy. (No offense to the Nancy’s of the world!)
Life is living, working, taking care of responsibilities, raising children, etc. Let’s not let life get us down. Let’s give thanks to God for all of our opportunities. If you don’t think your life is good, think again… Do you have shelter, clothing, food, any education, anyone to love or to love you… there is so much to be thankful for. It’s all about our perspective and attitude.
So when you find that you have to run to a ball field every evening for hours, pack picnics for dinner and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. If it starts to rain, be thankful for the soothing sound, and that God waters your area… or maybe that you get to go home early from the game (cough, cough) ….. Whatever you can find to be thankful for, do it! The more you do it, the more natural it becomes.
We as Christians should have the Holy Spirit living inside of us, and our fruits should be the proof. I don’t think being grateful and complaining are part of those fruits, so let’s fight them off with praises when they try to sneak in and steal our joy! The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Let’s start acting like the Holy Spirit lives inside of us and exercise these fruits!
Lord, I love You. Thank You for all that I have, that I am part of, and that I simply am. Help me to live each moment of my life unto You for Your glory. I want my attitudes to glorify You and exude Your very essence. Help me to go through the crazy times with grace and patience, remembering that whether I am alone or in public, I am Yours and I should behave and think as such. Help me to be a good example, to others through my rocky seasons, of who You are because of Your Spirit living in me. I want to praise You and be thankful, please help me to be content in all things, and live to honor You, Lord. I love You. Amen.