Our greatest battles usually have little to do with our circumstances. We fight our greatest battles in our mind. I've been fighting my own for the past several days. I know better than to rely on what I'm feeling than to rely on Him. I also know that all feelings remain neutral until I give meaning to them.
I know these things.
Yet, still I found it easier to embrace the feelings. Thus, engage in battle….in my mind.
Yesterday, I celebrated my beautiful mother's birthday. And, even on a day that should be completely about her, she ministered to me.
“What you're feeling is temporary,” she said. “You won't always feel the way you're feeling right now. Remember that.”
And, yet I found myself trading a thankful heart…..enjoying time with my family….all the GOOD stuff in my life…..I traded it all for focusing on a feeling that is temporary.
Then, she said, “Now, begin thanking God for everything good thing in your life. Don't stop thanking Him.”
And, THAT is the key to winning this battle. Thankfulness is the key to winning every battle. Not trying to figure out the how's or the whys.
Don't take your eyes off of what you already have, because you can't see what you want to see when you want to see it.
What you're feeling right now is temporary. Don't lose sight of what's eternal. Let thankfulness be your predominant thought today.
Today, I'm thanking God for this beautiful woman.