Too good to be true

If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is. This early American proverb has been part of my vocabulary ever since I can remember.   I’ve lived much of my life thinking that nothing can be good without there being a bad.  For every up, there has to be a down side.  For every positive, there must be a negative and for every pro, you must add some cons to the list.  If it’s good, then it can’t be true, right?

My new job is good. So good, in fact, that I’ve found myself thinking ‘this can’t be true’.  I’m waiting for the bad, the down side, the negative and the con.

Then I was reminded of who actually makes things good.  The Lord is good. His unfailing love continues forever, and His faithfulness continues to each generation (Psalm 100:5).  I’ve definitely been a recipient of that unfailing love and I can tell you that it is good.

Psalms 100:5
Psalms 100:5

Since everything God created is good, we should not reject any of it, but receive it with thanks (1 Timothy 4:4).  To be thankful in all things is something I’ve tried hard to do in my life.  I can’t say I’ve always achieved it, but I can say that I’m always striving.

So, today, I’m just going to be thankful for the good.  The here and now. Whatever is good and perfect is a gift coming down to us from God our Father, who created all the lights in the heavens. He never changes or casts a shifting shadow (James 1:17).  The new job is a good gift and I am very thankful for it.

Do you find yourself thinking things in your life are too good to be true sometimes?  What if, instead, you were just thankful for the moments that are good?

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The End

Courtesy of Creative Commons
Courtesy of Creative Commons

In writing, endings are just as important as the beginnings.  It is the same in life.

I’m ending a chapter at the local newspaper I’ve worked at for the past 11 months.  I feel that I have grown so much professionally as a writer and am truly thankful for the guidance and support that I had there.  It was a small staff and each one offered help at one time or another.

I will miss not only my colleagues but also the amazing people in the community that I worked with closely.  Their encouragement and kind words kept me going.  It was an amazing God-thing that I am grateful to Him for.

Stay tuned for the next beginning.  It is coming soon.