Anticipate the Blessings

You know how people can enter a room and live out their rejection-sensitive identities? I’ve written about this before in my Bible study, Included in Christ. Rejection-sensitive people read their experiences through the lens of rejection. They anticipate it. They look for it. They learn to seek evidence for rejection wherever they go.

I believe it’s the same with so many things in life. In the past, I’d wake up and assume it was not going to be a good day. I began to look for evidence of disappointment or struggle. I lived in anticipation of despair and not hope.

But not now. I’ve learned to train my mind in hope. I anticipate the blessings. I assume the blessings are hidden all along the path, sent just for me by a God who delights in my well-being (Psalm 35:27) and longs to be gracious to me (Isaiah 30:18). It’s an entirely different vantage point. It’s an entirely different way to live.

Two quotes I live by now:

[bctt tweet=”The soul that gives thanks can find comfort in everything; the soul that complains can find comfort in nothing. –Hannah Whitall Smith”]

[bctt tweet=”I am sure that there can be nothing in our lives which has not in it a cause for thanksgiving and that, no matter who or what may be the channel to convey it, everything contains for us a hidden blessing from God.–Hannah Whitall Smith”]

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