Ugh! I am NOT a morning person. Well, actually, I LOVE mornings! I’m just not an early-riser. I love the brightness of morning. The day seems cheerier, to me, in the morning–especially right after sunrise. But, for the life of me, my internal clock hates waking up before 9ish, even with a 10PM bedtime!
Another issue I have is, if I wake up naturally at an earlier hour, I can usually get up and get on with the day, although still feeling a bit tired. But if I wake up to an alarm, it’s like melatonin stays stuck in my brain most of the day, and all I feel like doing is going back to sleep.
This morning, I had an eye appointment at the ungodly hour of 7:50! I had to BE there by 7:50! The doctor insisted that he needed my eye pressure readings “first thing in the morning” for his treatment of my glaucoma. Who am I to argue with the educated doctor? I complied.
On the way into the office, walking up the ramp that leads to their front door, my thoughts were grumbling, “Ugh! I hate these early morning appointments!” Then I remembered their newfangled check-in system which required scanning my driver’s license and everything digital (<—not a me-friendly thing), so more grumbling set in, “I hate this new system! It takes longer than checking in with a real person did…”
Then God’s way of living came to mind and immediately I apologized to Him, “Those thoughts aren’t very productive, are they, God? And they aren’t very Christlike, either. So, enough of that.”
I knew His way is to take those types of thoughts captive and to have a thankful heart.
Instantly my inner feelings changed from one of anger, frustration and discontent–which likely would have yielded “negative vibes” to all within my radar–to one of peace and resignation. I had to work on the contentment a little longer. 🙂
Our thoughts really do matter. They influence how we think about others and how we treat others. God wants us to love well. That’s pretty hard to do when our thoughts are focused on negative things.
Our thoughts do control us. Have you ever realized that? If you don’t believe it, try an experiment. Set a timer for two minutes. Then, for two minutes, make yourself think of all the complaints you can think of. I’m sure you’ll find tons to fill the time. This world and all people in it fall way short of being perfect. 😉 Plus, I think it is most people’s default setting, especially in this day and age. 😛
Record how you *feel* at the end of that experiment.
Next, for another two minutes, force yourself to think only thankful thoughts. For those of you who are habitual complainers, this might be a little more difficult. 😉 If you find your mind drifting to a complaint, restart the timer until you can fill the whole two minutes with gratefulness.
Again, record how you *feel* at the end.
Was there a difference? If so, which of those two ways would you prefer to feel most of the time? If there wasn’t a difference in how you felt, repeat the test–only this time, set the timer for five minutes. 🙂
“Godliness, with contentment, is great gain!” 1 Timothy 6:6
If you don’t learn contentment, you’ll end up like this:
Written by Jason Lehman when he was 14 years old! I am impressed with his wisdom and insight at such a young age!
May we all learn to appreciate the good things we have in the moment.
I get to have eye care; it is a beautiful day; I am healthy; my eyes still work; I get to drive; I still have my hearing; Jesus is my best friend; no more tears and no more pain are in my eternal future; beauty is all around me; I have shelter; I have food; I have a smart phone that is capable of doing far more than I am capable of remembering *smile*; I get to go on bike rides; I am able to walk; I get to have flower gardens; we have good drinking water; I have a husband, I have children, I have grandchildren—–
OK, ok–you get the point. There are a TON of things we can be thankful for! If you found out you are a habitual complainer, you’ll discover all the blessings you have, too, once you change your focus. 🙂