1 Thessalonians 5:18 has transformed my life. Pause. Before we get too serious here I have to say I really wanted to write 1 Thessabaloneyians 5:18 and see if anyone caught it. When my kiddos were little one of them called it that and now that’s how it’s stuck in my noggin.
Being thankful in ALL circumstance does not come naturally to humans. Whether we want to be honest with ourselves or not, I believe people generally are all “cup is half empty” types. The “cup is half full” types, which I believe I fall into, have to work at it. Optimism is learned. Maybe you learned it at a very young age….well then you think you come by it naturally, but I bet your parents had something to do with it. I, on the other hand learned my optimism. Most days now I don’t even think about being optimistic I just am! (smiley face) But there are about 5-8 days out of the month that I have to really work at it.
Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Being thankful in all circumstances truly means just that. Be thankful in ALL THINGS no matter what. The good the bad and the ugly….be thankful for it all. Easier said than done. I’ve got a little story to illistrate my success in over coming “the cup is half empty” mentality. Bare with me this is kinda weird.
So, I was at the YMCA with my girlfriend Tina, we meet 3 times a week to work out together. This particular day we were on the tread mill, working our jaws out more than anything, and my bladder of steal decided that it could not wait another minute. So I told Tina, keep goin I gotta pee…be right back! I dashed off…little did she know I would not be right back…..on she treaded…and treaded, and treaded, and move to the elipticle, and then finally, I returned.
“Oh my gosh what happened to you!” she gasped upon seeing me. (Wish I had a picture for you.)
This is what happened: I thought I had to pee, but then when I sat on the potty, (I know I’m a forty-something year old, but I still say potty…live with it.) and sat down I thought uh-Oh I think I gotta do “more” than tinkle, so I sat there a minute. False alarm. So I stood up and the toilet paper that I had put on the seat (because I always layer the toilet seat in a whole roll of t.p. before I cop a squat.) fell to the ground, so I leaned over to pick it up, and the automatic flusher went off precisely at that moment! Luckily my mouth was shut…which is a miracle in and of itself, because a tidal wave of toilet water hit me in the face!!!! I screeched, “ARG-SMACKALACK-blach-pooey pooey!” I came running out of the stall to the sinks, where three under wear clad 80 year old ladies sagged, and stared at me in disbelief as I grabbed the soap and proceeded to scrub my face like a mad woman, all the while spitting and gagging, and nearly vomiting in the sink. I scrubbed my face raw, and after rinsing it, I looked in the mirror my hair was wet, my bangs were pasted back to my head, with remnants of soap stuck in them. But the worst was that I had mascara on, so now I looked like a racoon. I had huge black circles around my eyes, and no make-up remover! I attempted to use the soap and take it off, it helped some but mostly made my eyes look black and now red from the soap stinging my eyes. The saggy ladies has scooted away….I think I skeered um.
So after I told the above story to my flabbergasted friend, I said, “Thank the good Lord I didn’t poop! That would have been aweful!”
Tina chuckled and kept up the work out with me…I wondered how mortified she was to be carrying on a conversation with me while I looked like a raving lunatic. Tina’s too nice….I’ll never know.
Yes it would have been awful to get hit in the face with my own feces, but like getting hit with your own urine mixed with YMCA toilet germs in the face isn’t bad enough! Shheeesh.
I laughed it off, as I do half of my stumbled through life, but when I got home, first I took a shower, then I went to my daily devotional , and should I be surprised to find that the verse was 1Thessalonians 5:18. Maybe you are asking yourself, what in this situations could I be thankful for besides the fact that I didn’t do my business and get smack in the face with it. That’s just the point. That’s really all I was thankful for in this circumstance, but I was thankful. Oh and the fact that I didn’t contract some weird staff infection post urine shower.
Being thankful in all circumstances is a choice.
A choice I have to remind myself, and my family of everyday. “Let’s try to see the good in this sitchee-ay-tion.”
What are you thankful for right now, in your present circumstance?
With that said…I want to say, I am very thankful for this place, Eat 2 Gather. I am very thankful for all of you!
You encourage me and bless me in so many ways everyday!
Much love and hugs,