When my day is gloomy.. and issues around seem to cave in.  When I feel helpless… and worried about things I can’t fix anyways.  When I become frustrated… and impatient with my own failures.   It’s usually because I’m focusing the wrong way. Then His words remind me… don’t put your hope in happiness gained from the temporary — set your eyes on eternal joy… and all the other daily joys suddenly come into perspective.

A few days ago I went for a two-mile jog for the first time in a while… as I ran, it began to rain.  I thought, “Good golly!  I went for a jog and now it’s raining…”  Every step grew more heavy and cumbersome, as my attitude grew grumpier and grumpier.  “Why of all times in this Texas dry heat does it decide to rain now that I’ve gone for a short run?!?”  The joy of scenery, and the focus of obtaining better health  all sorta disappeared as I humphed along as Miss Grumpy Pants ran her course.   Then, I began to laugh at myself.  All the joy of my run was gone — not because of the rain — because I lost perspective for the entire purpose whilst focusing on the small rainfall. But then the rain reminded me of something my heart needed to remember:

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day.  For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal.”  I Corinthians 4:17-18

That’s reason to dance my friend.  And I like reasons to dance.  🙂

Sounds like a silly and trite tale, huh?  Well, look a little deeper…

Who do you blame right now for wrong actions in your own life, cos they hurt you?

What keeps your mind captive because you don’t think you can surrender it… telling yourself you are too weak?

What is it that you allow to keep you burdened and worried?

Let’s not look at the rain…. look for the eternal reasons to dance.

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