Even when you’re trying your hardest, life is sometimes hard.
Take a look at my “checklist” from the past week or so:
- Son rides lawn mower and the motor blows up. Sent to the lawn mower doctor. $1,000 repair bill. Check.
- Daughter falls off skateboard and breaks arm. Emergency room visit and orthopedic visit. Check.
- Husband informs me that we need to be prepared to replace our VERY old heating/air unit (that has been long-overdue to replace) SOON. Major expense. Check.
- Went to bake a cake in the oven the other night and after preheating for 15 minutes, the oven was still not hot. Broken oven. Soggy cake mix. Check.
- Found out my car was not put into park before shutting off the ignition and now it will not run. Major repair that we haven’t even explored yet. Check.
- Still looking for a job. No callbacks, no prospects, no luck. Check.
Trying my hardest to stay positive and upbeat. “It’s only money,” as my husband says. How do you combat that checklist? With an even better gratitude checklist:
- We MAY have a friend of a friend that can give us a lawn mower engine for free. THANKFUL for friends.
- Daughter is still alive and well and able to do almost everything she was before. THANKFUL for my family.
- Heating and air unit is continuing to work so far, and has given us over and above its life-expectancy. THANKFUL for previous owners that maintained the unit!
- Broiler still works on oven (as husband found out trying to “bake” the cake) and we have a fully functioning microwave. THANKFUL for so many appliances that do work and make my life easier.
- We have an old truck that husband can drive and we still have one decent running vehicle. THANKFUL for automobiles.
- I haven’t even come close to giving up looking for another job. THANKFUL for a determined heart and a supportive, loving husband.
When I look back over the last week or so, I realize that I have so many more things to be grateful for rather than griping. While I think on these things, I realize that indeed life is hard, but God is good. I’m very thankful.
What about you? Can you turn a gripe into something you’re grateful for?