Frustration at what’s not happening is overwhelmed by thankfulness for what is.
Fear of failure, rejection, and what could be lost are disempowered by expressing love without expectation.
Bitterness, cynicism, and self-pity are broken by forgiveness, kindness, and a tenacious determination to live as God sees you.
The more pain, anxiety, and stress that presses in, the exponentially greater grace that’s available to overwhelm it. If I can’t receive, or even see the grace, it’s because I won’t let go of my all-consuming offense at what’s happening, and my demand to know why. Let God change your view of him, yourself, and your circumstances, and determine to live today in ways negativity can’t stand to be around you.
“There’s no way we’re giving up. Even when it seems like we’re falling apart outwardly, God is renewing our spirits every day. These present difficulties are actually much smaller than they appear, and won’t last very long. And yet they’re producing for us a glory that vastly outweighs their own burden, a glory that will last forever. So we don’t fixate on the troubles that will soon be gone. Rather, we focus on things that cannot be seen, but will last forever” (2 Cor. 4:16-17).