Today I read a friend’s post on Facebook. It said “We would worry a lot less about what other people think about us if we knew how seldom they do.” What a great word for me to hear! But oh so hard to remember when our feet have landed squarely on the slippery slope of insecurity.
Today I have continued to read from 2 Corinthians – you know, where Paul tells us that we are fragile clay jars holding this great treasure within! It’s like when our children were young and they came inside on a summer evening desperate for a glass jar with a lid. Outside they would run to gather as many fireflies as they could to put in their jar. Now an ordinary jar was transformed into a prized lantern as the fireflies twinkled and flitted about inside.
So, I have pondered on that truth. I carry within me a priceless treasure – the glory of Jesus – and a simple clay pot becomes a vessel of honor. What a beautiful truth.
Read: 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
As I continued to read, I paused again on these two verses. I am reminded that the troubles I experience are quite small. Not only that, they don’t last very long. The antidote to being overcome by our troubles is to fix our eyes on the horizon PAST our troubles. The beauty is that our troubles build character and bring out our best. So it isn’t wasted.
I don’t choose trouble, it just comes. And we get to decide how it will impact our lives. If we submit to the process, we will be better in the end.
So if you are in trouble, look beyond it to the horizon – the things you can’t see and know that good is coming. And you get to choose how the trouble will impact your spirit! Choose wisely!