it’s not all about you…
Life has been busy ever since I transferred to the new department… tons of things to think about and act upon that I didn’t get much time to blog… but tonight, I just feel like sharing something significant (for me and I hope, for you too as you read along… 😀 )… to serve as a reminder for myself and for you that there is a much bigger picture… that it is not all about me… it’s not all about you…
I was checking Facebook posts and read some friends’ post about their problems… one took it negatively… the other, hopeful that things are happening for a reason and soon everything will be okay… (nakakatuwa lang…) well, we all have problems! sino bang wala? disappointments and problems are parts of life… but the way we take them makes the difference….
Most of us ask God for a reason why things are happening to us… “why me of all people…? why???” (ahhaha!) Often times, we don’t get the answer right away… Most of us take it bitterly… and it affects our behavior… and the rest follows…
First significant truth that I realized earlier: the way we think towards our experiences affects our emotions and thus affects our behavior.
A famous cliché… experience is the best teacher. We can relate with other people because we have gone through a similar if not the same issues before. Just imagine a friend seeking advice about something that you don’t know… How can we comfort them? How will they know that we understand? Trust me, saying “I understand how you feel” doesn’t always work. (
sometimes, i feel guilty using that statement..hehe..)
2 Cor. 1:3-4, “3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4 who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
Second significant truth: Most of the time, we experience problems and issues for us to be able to comfort other people just as God comforted us.
As I have said, the way we think affects how we feel and how we react… two choices when we have problems: to be better or to be bitter… sadly, most of us tend to be bitter… 😛 (
i’m Guilty!) So, when we feel that we are getting bitter, rethink… reprocess the thoughts… because the battle is in the mind…
I have heard this several times from our pastor, “Your perception of God affects how you process your thoughts.” Well, it’s true… let’s ask ourselves… who is God for us? Do we think that He who has created the world, us, and the universe can’t deal with our troubles? All we need to do is cry for help and put our trust in Him.
2 Cor 1:9, ” 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead.”
Third and most significant truth: God has the best intentions for us. God is bigger that our problems. His faithfulness and love endure forever.
Lamentation 3:22-23, “22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; 23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul that seeks him.”
It’s not all about us… sometimes, it’s all about our purpose in life… all about Him… how He can use us to be a blessing to others… 😀
May the Lord’s love and kindness overflow so we can share it to others who need it the most… 😀