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
Out of love for one another…….
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“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35 ESV)
Scripture of the Week
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passion and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other.” ~~ Galatians 5:22-26
Something to Smile About
T h i n g s A r e To u g h A l l Ov e r
My wife and I went out for a leisurely drive to see the autumn leaves, when we noticed that one of the tires seemed to be getting low…
She was a bit taken aback when I asked her for some change and asked, ―Why in the world did they start charging for AIR?!‖
I looked at her and winked, ―Inflation.‖
Think About It
Consider These Quotes
“Nothing splendid has ever been achieved except by those who dared believe that something inside them was superior to circumstance.”
“Find the seed at the bottom of your heart and bring forth a flower.”
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”
“Work joyfully and peacefully, knowing that right thoughts and right efforts will inevitable bring about right results.”
“Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Love is the doorway through which the human soul passes from selfishness to service.” — Jack Hyles