I have always admired the blind and deaf woman, Helen Keller. She did not let her disabilities defeat her. She used them to become a champion for the rights of women and people with disabilities. I also admire people who have experienced abuse as children who, later in life, have been able to use their experiences to help others affected by a similar thing. They have turned their misfortunes into good. The Lord is always with us to bring good out of every situation, no matter how bad. I’m not saying we shouldn’t grieve over our hurts and sorrows but that we should have an expectation that the Lord will bring about some good from it.
It’s so easy to get bogged down in negativity, dwelling on the state of the world and the things that are going wrong in our lives. But every situation has something to teach us. The key is to look for the good that can come out of it – how it can be turned to good – to look for the lessons we can learn and the opportunities to bless others facing similar difficulties.
No matter how bad things are, there are always things we can be grateful for. There are so many little things that we take for granted, so many ways that we are blessed. The more we recognise our blessings and appreciate what we have, the more we nurture the desire in ourselves to reach out and help those who do not have. There are so many in the world who are in need, many who are struggling to survive in the face of disaster. There are always people worse off than we are. Rather than focusing on what is wrong in our lives or what we haven’t got, we could be thinking about what we have got that we can give. Let’s celebrate what we have got and show our appreciation by givng back to the Source in any way we can. And let’s rejoice in the many blessings that we enjoy everyday that we often take for granted. As Helen Keller said, “I am sure that if you faced the fate of blindness you would use your eyes as never before. Everything you saw would become dear to you. Your eyes would touch and embrace every object that came within your range of vision. Then, at least, you would really see, and a new world of beauty would open itself before you.”
Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His mercy is forever.