Often times when I begin to get caught up with thoughts of ‘why me?’ and I lose perspective, per se. I am reminded of my blind father and his ability to press on and persevere in spite of his afflictions. I have wonderful eyesight, what a great blessing!
Helen Keller overcame the adversity of losing sight and hearing at age two, although faced with unthinkable circumstances, Keller counted each day as blessed, she once said “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart”.
When we read what the apostle Paul wrote in the book of Philippians it becomes clear that our perspective on life will determine our level of contentment. Paul wrote from a jail cell;
“I’m glad in God, far happier than you would ever guess—happy that you’re again showing such strong concern for me. Not that you ever quit praying and thinking about me. You just had no chance to show it. Actually, I don’t have a sense of needing anything personally. I’ve learned by now to be quite content whatever my circumstances. I’m just as happy with little as with much, with much as with little. I’ve found the recipe for being happy whether full or hungry, hands full or hands empty. Whatever I have, wherever I am, I can make it through anything in the One who makes me who I am”. Philippians 4:12 (MSG)
It’s so easy to get stuck in the ‘why me ‘trap, believe me I know.
In recent years, ‘why me’? has been the mantra of my life that was, until I realised, ‘hey why not me’? When we develop the ability to look at the tough times from a new position, we can embrace life as a journey of valley’s and mountaintops, all of which God draws a line of purpose through the centre of it all. Today, whether you find yourself in a valley, or upon a mountaintop, be encouraged…
“Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way…” Hebrews 12:2 (MSG Version)
February 3, 2014 at 1:57 pm
So good dear LL! My near blind father still managed to hold down a job (he hated) and buy a house and bring up his two kids plus look after his invalid wife! And I still manage to say “Why me?!” and cannot get over myself at times with that inspiration behind me. We are so so blessed to have had fathers even… love, and keep up these postings from your own heart and your own experiences. Elvie
February 3, 2014 at 4:40 pm
Thank you Elvie… You are always so encouraging! Getting ‘over myself’ has been one of the greatest battles I have ever had to face. By nature, we are self-focused its only by God’s Grace that I am more self-less rather than selfish these days 😉 x
February 9, 2014 at 10:58 pm
What a blessing to have read these words today. My church is actually in the middle of a 5 week study on the book of Philippians. Your truth resounds in the human condition and the never ending love of God. Thanks for posting. Keep them coming.
February 17, 2014 at 11:54 am
Thank you for your kind words! Bless you 😉
February 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm
Thank you for your like of my 022814 post. You are very kind. May our Lord Jesus richly bless you.
March 3, 2014 at 1:10 pm
You are so very welcome!
March 4, 2014 at 11:57 am
I am proud of you and you are one very brave lady. In fact, I have alot of similar experiences with you. I am the Father of one child in heaven, two twin girls who are in their second year of school and I have also been through severe depression a few times.
May your light always shine bright and thank you for the great article.
March 4, 2014 at 7:18 pm
Thank you Colin. What a lovely surprise to read your comment… you are an inspiration also. How exciting when we get to see our children in Heaven, what a wonderful day that will be. May you be ‘ambushed’ with blessing’s my friend x