I’m supposed to blog three times a week here. In the last few weeks, I’ve managed that once, maybe twice. You know why? Because life happened.
I’m very organized, structured and I love to plan ahead. But you can plan all you want, when life happens you can throw your well made plans out the window.
Like last week, when my son became very ill with high fever. Or this week, when I myself developed a nasty case of strep throat. Or the last few months in general, because we moved from Germany to the US and administrative and practical stuff kept taking priority over blogging.
You can plan all you want, and you should, but you also need to remember that life is more important than your plans. That’s a reality I’ve had some trouble accepting in the past. On more than once occasion, I’ve gotten quite frustrated that I wasn’t able to do what I wanted to do, what I had planned to do.
But I’m getting better at it. What has helped me, is to consciously see the positive sides in the new situation.
I didn’t get to blog when my son was so ill, but I did get to spend a lot of time with him, snuggle with him and read to him. I didn’t get to blog when I myself was ill, but I did get to read a lot and I’ve read some amazing books. I didn’t get much work done in the last months during our move, but my husband did and I’m proud to be a wife who enables her husband to work.
In youth ministry, life often gets in the way of our best laid plans. We plan the perfect retreat and then weather happens. We plan to finally get our sermon done and then that crisis happens. We plan to catch up on our email and then our power goes down. It happens, life happens.
Life happens and there’s no sense in getting frustrated (believe me, I’ve tried – doesn’t help!). There are lots of situations that are outside your control. But how you respond to them, your mental attitude, that is something you can control.
So choose to see the positive. Choose to see what you can do, what you did do.
I could close off with something about when life gives you lemons, but I’ve never really cared for lemonade…I do love a slice of lemon in my Coke though :)