It is soooooo easy to look at the bad side of things. So. Easy. Generally I consider myself a very positive and optimistic person. Generally. However, I do have times when I cannot find any positives in a situation. My attitude sours and I am sure that Satan takes a real delight when he is able to make the optimist a pessimist.
Recently, my daughter Kiandra had a disappointing thing happen to her. After 3 years of being involved in her high school's musical in a fairly significant role she was eagerly hoping to play the lead in her last ever Grade 12 musical. Not only did she not get the lead, she was cast as a very minor character without a significant role. My normally optimistic self was angry and very bitter. I'm sure Satan relished my bitterness and enjoyed my displeasure at the bad news. Thankfully, my daughter does not wallow like I do and she showed an unbelievable mature response to the situation. You can read about it here.
David Legge has these thoughts about when things always seem to be going well:
We need help to maintain our optimism even when things seems hard or hopeless. We need help when things are going well to know that it is not by our works alone. We need help when Satan attacks our mind with untrue stories and that we might be able to stand strong when trials come. In our weakness, may we surrender to the One who already knows the future and how the story will ultimately end.
Tomorrow's scripture focus: Nehemiah 7