Life. It can bring out the best in us. It can bring out the worst in us. We’ve seen both ends of the spectrum lately in the face of severely inclement weather! On one hand, we’ve seen neighbors shoveling sidewalks for those who have needed help. We’ve seen folks rush out into the streets to push vehicles that have been overcome by conditions, and we’ve seen neighbors pool their resources to make their streets passable. The sense of community has been encouraging to see. On the other hand, there has also been a tremendous amount of complaining. “If I see one more snowflake...” “Well, OUR streets haven’t been cleared!” “I am so sick and tired of this weather!” The conditions have definitely brought about destruction, extra work, and/or expense for many. Negative thoughts and feelings can become a focus.
So, what positive steps can be taken while enduring these and other less than desirable challenges to our daily lives?
Help whomever you can in whatever way, big or small.
1 Peter 4:8-10 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
Not able to physically help? Pray.
Mark 11:24 Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Feeling overwhelmed by circumstances? Thank God for every blessing!
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Best of all, rely on our God for strength.
2 Peter1:3-8 His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.