Several years ago, I was on a Christian retreat with women from my church. One day, we sat around a big table talking about life and the cards we were dealt. One young woman told of her happy family, great up-bringing and how she'd never had any tragedy in her life up to that point. She went on to say; because of this happy, worry-free life, she had no compassion.
First of all, I think it takes a lot of wisdom and insight to see that in one's self. Second, it gave me a whole new perspective on my difficulties. I realized, if I were to focus on what I'd learned from all the hurt I'd experienced, life would look better.
I'm blessed to have a resilient spirit, I am twice blessed to have a teachable mind. Today, I see, I wouldn't be who I am without all the obstacles I've had to overcome. Today, I am pretty darn proud of the woman I've become.
So, play your hand well. Be grateful for what you have, the good, the bad and the ugly. It's what you do with your cards, not the hand you start out with that makes or breaks you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NIV)"18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus."
God can and will bless a thankful heart, always. What parent wants to keep on giving to a complaining, ungrateful, selfish child? Just a thought.
Fantasizing the freedom to be happy that comes from gratitude.