Two Hours Of Sleep, A Sick Baby And A Flight

Nothing wakes you up better in the morning than the sound of your toddler throwing up in their room. Coughing, gagging and crying are the soothing sounds that help you begin your day off on the right foot. The aroma of soured milk is your morning coffee that heighten your senses in a way that caffeine could never mimic. Although that was the beginning of the day for me along with a toss and turn kind of night, I can say I am ready to catch my upcoming flight to New York and get to work.

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I have figured out over time as well as having a child in the picture now, that your day is not determined by mere circumstances, but rather how you react and handle these little hiccups. We have a choice to either takes things as they are and learn and grow from them, or to wallow in them. The latter approach does nothing while the initial one gets things done and flows with where God leads.

God never gives us more than we can handle, so there is no point in wallowing. Just like my daughter throwing up. If she were to just lay there and wallow in her throw up without me getting her out, you can envision where that would lead. The same applies to us and circumstances. If we wallow in the circumstances and do not pick ourselves up and move forward with the right attitude, we will ultimately become weighed down and defeated by our own circumstances.

Circumstances do not define us, our attitude does. When we have the right attitude we can then view circumstances as opportunities for growth. We have to realize that God is for us, so who can be against us? I believe no one can stop us from accomplishing the will of God and living life to the fullest except our own self’s. Change you thinking and attitude and you will change the outcome of circumstances.

“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭NKJV‬‬)

As humans change is alien and we try and veer from it as much as possible; familiarity is our friend. But little do we know familiarity is not our friend, but a hindrance to our growth. God puts us in circumstances (or we put ourselves there and God goes from there) to help us grow and learn. The growth and learning should ultimately bring forth change in our thinking and our overall lives.

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“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” (‭‭James‬ ‭1:2-4‬ )‬‬

When we take a moment to view circumstances as opportunity and look for the work in which the Lord is trying to accomplish through it, we then can grow and move forward. I do not know what circumstance you are in, whether it be a throwing up child or you crying, whatever it is make sure to look at it from a different perspective and ask the Lord what He is trying to teach you. Take your time and allow for full growth and maturity through the circumstance. Watch as the change begins to happen and your life is forever different by simply changing your view. See everything as opportunity and just flow.

-Michael Thacker

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