Thursday, April 26, 2012

That can't be good! But you still can be.

This has been one of those weeks for the Sandlin household. There has been vomit, broken toes, lack of electricity, and all sorts of other minor inconveniences that can sap your energy and steal your joy. Things seemed to culminate this morning when in a bathroom full of kids getting ready for school, I managed to knock some thermometers out of the bathroom cabinet and into the toilet at the precise moment that one of my children flushed. Before we could even react two electric thermometers vanished before our eyes. I thought to myself, “That can’t be good.”

Ever had moments like that? Moments where your only reaction is, “That can’t be good!”? Our tendency when things go bad is to go bad with them. But the good news of the gospel is that we don’t have to. Just because circumstances aren’t good doesn’t mean that you can’t be. God, through the power of his Spirit, enables us to respond to any circumstance with grace. Recognizing this is the first step towards developing a character of godliness.

Think about it. Every frustration we encounter in life is an opportunity to put into practice the Christ life. When we respond to interruptions in our schedules with grace we develop patience. When we respond to frustrating people with grace we develop kindness and gentleness. When we respond to our own mistakes with grace we develop humility. When we respond to insults or offenses with grace we develop goodness and love. When we respond to setbacks in health or career with grace we develop a dependence upon God that will see us through the darkest of days.

Strangely enough, daily frustrations can become the agent by which God transforms us into his image, if we respond to them in and with God’s grace. So, the next time you find yourself saying, “That can’t be good,” remember, you still can be.

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness – 2 Peter 1:3