A Joyful Perspective

Romans8:27-8:29(NKJV)

THOUGHT FOR TODAY:  And we know that all things work together for
good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His
purpose.

I stopped at a convenience store for a coffee refill on my way back to the office
from running morning errands. Since it’s a daily stop for me during my work
week, the clerk and I usually visit a minute. This particular day, I asked,
“How is your granddaughter? Is she still living with you?” She answered, “She’s
fine. Yes, she’s lived with me since birth.”

“Wow! You’re a very special grandma, then—you’ve raised your granddaughter.” Her
answer was, “I’ve always enjoyed her.”

In today’s world, it’s not all that unusual for grandparents to help raise
grandchildren or to be the primary caregivers. Articles have been written as
sociologists try to pinpoint the reason for this shift in parenting. It is a
bit unusual to hear a grandparent counting it a joyful privilege to raise a
grandchild. Usually, grandparents would prefer to have their retirement years
spent visiting with grandchildren, not being totally responsible for their
needs in an ever-changing often bewilderingly computerized, society.

Yet, here is an amazing lady who feels especially blessed to have raised her
granddaughter.

Thinking about our conversation later, I realized that it’s all a matter of
perspective—half full or half empty glass. As a Christian, our perspective is
heavily slanted toward the hopeful, positive outcome by the joy we have in
knowing that our Father will take care of us, no matter what. We know that “all
things work together for good” and we can relax in that knowledge.

Prayer:  Father, please help us to keep our hearts and
thoughts on You and Your will so that our everyday perspective can be a joyful
one. In Jesus’ name. Amen

About dorissavanover

Wife, mom, mom-in-law, and grandma, I write stories of everyday blessings - those ordinary moments that become extraordinary when we become aware of being in God's awesome presence. Recently retired, I enjoyed twenty-eight years of employment as an executive assistant to a commercial real estate broker. I'm excited to have more time to write and share the wonders of living an abundantly fulfilling life; a life of having a real relationship with Jesus Christ, our Savior, the Son of our very loving Heavenly Father.
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