Sometimes there are days (weeks and months, even) when nothing goes the way you hoped and planned, and it seems like nothing ever will again. It’s those times when you just want to set all of your goals down on the table, give them up, and quit. It’s those times when you feel like saying “what am I even doing?” They’re usually the ones that make you the crankiest, poutiest, and most unpleasant person to be around. We all have those times. And unfortunately you don’t stop having these times just because you start a new routine, change your direction, fix your current problems, or whatever it is that you think will make everything just so. You’re human, and you’ll always have them.
But you don’t have to be unhappy.
Circumstances should not affect your joy in Christ. In fact, they should make you thankful – thankful to have His sacrifice and new life. Thankful for the good, and thankful for the lessons. It takes an attitude adjustment and probably lots of focus and patience and prayer, but you (I’m talking to myself as I type this, as well) do not ever have to be cranky, pouty, or unpleasant again. You just have to deal.
“Someone out there is happy with less than what you have.” -unknown source
Someone out there is happy with less artificial happiness than you. Someone is happy with a worse situation. Someone out there is happy with fewer possessions, a smaller house, a beat-up car, a less organized space, not as many clothes, or whatever else you can think of to fill in the blank here. Someone out there is happy with even more situations that don’t go their way, and they deal with it. Someone is happy with their life’s situation because they have good things from God, and they’re able to be content.
Let’s be real – it’s not OK to quit.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.
Life isn’t about getting our way. It’s about doing God’s will. Forget what happened (or didn’t happen) and focus on the real, true goal. Upsetting circumstances or situations are not an excuse to be mad. They’re not an excuse to sit in anger or complain about the bad. They’re an opportunity to figure out a solution, learn patience and contentment, and glorify God. Maybe that thing didn’t go your way because it wasn’t supposed to, because you need to learn something, or maybe it just wasn’t the right time.
Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.
Sometimes the best thing is to be “brought low” – to be brought to the point in which we feel like we can’t, so that we’ll realize Who can. So that we realize we can survive in less and with less than what we have right now. Because in Christ, with God, we can survive with nothing, and we can survive in a not-too-exciting circumstance. He wants us to see Him, to pray to Him and to glorify Him.