I’ve been challenged in my thinking lately due to a book I’ve been reading and have referred to in many past posts, Forgiving and Reconciling by Everett Worthington. (Yes, I’m still reading it … and rereading it.)
Silly me, I thought that I was simply going to learn about forgiveness and reconciliation from this book—a pretty hefty topic all on its own merits. But I feel like the author’s research and teachings on the subject go so much further and deeper into all of life and relationships.
So my paradigm for viewing and living life is shifting in a good direction due to the challenge set forth by Dr. Worthington. It has reminded me of the importance of looking for the good in all people and all things—not in a Pollyannaish way, but in an empathic and redemptive way.
I feel like God is using this new forgiveness process to remind me of some of the very obvious and direct challenges He has set forth in his own book—the Bible.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
|My Favorite “Rescued” Scarf|
I’ve felt convicted that one way to undergird this positive approach is to utilize two of the very clear instructions from the verses above – prayer and thanksgiving.
So now every time I pray, I thank God for several people in my life whom I’m struggling to forgive or understand. This includes my husband, whom I often have trouble, at the very least, understanding!
It’s a minor change, but I feel like it is going to produce great results. I’m already feeling more positive in difficult situations and less discontent overall.
I would think that most who have a messy marriage, or a messy moment or two in marriage, would benefit from a daily thankful repositioning of the heart.
Much thanks goes to Ann Voskamp who already got this ball rolling so very long ago and also has a book on the subject … 1000 Gifts.
Today I’m linking up with Ann and sharing with you some of the ways I’m thankful for my husband …
- He is always happy to see me in the morning … of all times! When my hair is sticking up in all directions and my eyes are puffy from sleeping and my disposition is less than sunny, he gladly greets me.
- He drove all the way back to the theater to
retrieverescue my scarf that I’d left in my theater seat, simply because it was my favorite scarf.
- He never forgets to extend his hand to pray with me each day. A habit we began doing daily back last May and are still going strong!
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