Tuesday, December 23, 2014

How I gave my problems an expiration date.

The past 8 months have been TOUGH. I mean I literally have been thrown every curveball imaginable. Life sucks sometimes, you know? People make it seem like that if you go to church enough,  pray enough, and go to intitute life will be peachy keen! The thing is...it doesn't work like that. I was that girl. I did that stuff. And I was happy! But I also had a completely different attitude. I was grateful.
Lately I haven't been the most grateful person around. Being stressed can put a damper on a persons happiness. I have been a little snarky and wayyyyyy too impatient! See, the thing with me is that I recognize when I am acting out of character. It's not like me to not admit when I am in a foul mood! Everyone has those days though. But, lately,  especially being that it is the Holidays, I have had enough of my negative Nancy personality!
So, truth time:
(an excerpt from a letter to my best friend, serving in the California, Rancho Cucamonga Mission).
*Names have been changed for privacy.
"I've been kind of slipping. I'm telling you, it's the singles ward. I don't like them! (The ward, not necessarily the people). I haven't talked to Katie* for a while, and I missed her a ton, so I randomly invited her over for dinner, because I made chicken enchiladas and homegirl likes to EAT. So we were talking and then we both said we had confessions. Hers was that she hadn't been going to church, was questioning some of the teachings of the church, and went to Starbucks and GOT. A. COFFEE. I mean, I'm not judging at all! She's amazing. But it just shocked me because this girl is drinking coffee! Life is hard right?? So... I told her that I hadn't been going to church (I wasn't questioning the church though.) and that I had been going to a different church....because I hate the singles ward and I haven't found one that I like!
We both had a HUGE reality check. And also decided to start going to the family ward ward instead."
Folks, life stinks sometimes. This crazy thing called life is hard for a lot of people and we don't always know how to handle it. I'm so grateful for friends that know my heart and that I know theirs. That we are able to help each other. Also, I want to point out to those who aren't currently going to church, who are struggling with their testimony, or who just don't like the singles ward: you don't HAVE to go. I love the people that I've met in singles wards. They are awesome. But I also have conflicting views on the whole concept of them. If you want to switch, talk to your Bishop! Trust me, you aren't the only one.
Enough of that though. Back to the real reason behind this post. JESUS is the reason for the season, and I seem to have forgotten that. Sure he wasn't born in December, but Christmas is always a good reminder of who he is and what he did for us. My problems are inadequate. They are futile. Compared to the problems of the world, I've got it pretty good. All of my needs have been met and the Lord continues to bless me, time and time again without fail.

So, how did I give my problems an expiration date? This:

I simply love this picture.


It is such a good reminder. The most important things in life are the ones that benefit others! That help others. I could tell myself this until I'm blue in the face, but it is so true, and I'm genuinely trying to work on it!


Well that's enough for today. I'm off to the Utes game! No, I don't like the Utes that much...it's a work perk haha

Xoxo,

Natalie

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