Any runner, cyclist, or truck driver will have experienced this phenomenon. When you are going into a headwind, you notice it. The wind buffets your efforts, you feel every moment of discomfort and pushback. However, when you go back in the other direction, when the wind is at your back, you don’t much think about how it is pushing you along, if you are even mindful of it.
The headwind is constantly fought and on your mind; the tailwind isn’t as noticed and quickly forgotten.
It’s not just a wind issue. The problems and difficulties of life tend to be right in our face, a constant reminder, yet the blessings we receive, the good parts, we tend to let slip away.
Is it any wonder we are miserable?
Right now if I asked you to tell me things that are wrong in your world, you could answer in a moment and probably have a hard time limiting them to five. However, if we really sat down and thought about all we have and how we have been blessed, the list of good to bad would out weight it astronomically.
Next time you curse the headwinds of life, you are wondering why things are so hard, why everything seems so wrong, stop and check the wind. I bet the headwinds of life are not much more than the tailwinds. Count your blessings. Think about the advantages you have. That thankfulness will help to offset the obtrusiveness of life’s problems.
“Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits” (Psalm 103:2)
~~ Barry Haynes, Hope AR
Scripture of the Week
“But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, His Son, purifies us from all sin.” — 1 John 1:7
Think About It
Help me find somebody today
Who needs what I have to share:
A kind word, a thoughtful deed,
A bit of loving care.
Help me to take the time to be
An understanding friend to someone
Who needs a helping hand
On which they can depend.
Help me to love as Jesus loves,
That same unselfish way.
Help me to be like Jesus
In all that I do and say.
Something to Smile About
• It can override the discomfort of advancing years!
• The young athletic-type young man: “I climbed Mt. Hood!” The elderly gentleman: “I climbed out of bed!”
• When names escape you, just call everyone “Doc”.
• Doctor to patient “To save time — what part of you doesn’t hurt?”
• The older you are, the less you’re able to hide your true character cosmetically.
• Aging is not something that happens to you, it’s something you choose to do well.
• You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself. — Ethel Barrymore.
• Song to a mirror: The face I see is furrowed now, in fact, it’s rather rutty. Revlon or Clinique won’t do, I need a can of putty!
• As the years add up and the skin gets loose, what I perceive as most distressing; is the little kid who looks up at me and says, “Lady, you need pressing!”