Sometimes I feel that I am in the presence of brilliance when I hang out with the students at Willow Creek Huntley’s Student Impact. I had a conversation with one freshman who was telling me how terrified she is of flying. Being a pilot myself, I quickly tried to reason her out of her fear through factual phrases like, “The planes are really stable!” “The chances of getting in a plane crash are lower than getting in a car crash (cue oops thought – oh no! She is probably learning to drive!).” I quickly realized that I wasn’t getting anywhere, so I changed my approach after she stated her fears of having a long period of time to contemplate a gross death if going down in a plane. “Well, at least if you die in a plane crash you will be with Jesus! There is good in every situation – you just have to find it!”
Needless to say, I don’t think my approach worked. But, it did spark a thought. Romans talks about how God causes everything to turn for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. What would happen if I decided to look for the good in the midst of the bad situations in my life, rather than focus on how bad I have it?
Get ready for a cheesy punch line.
Gratitude is the best attitude.
Try it 🙂
PS – On a completely separate but somewhat related note, I was really thankful for George Washington Carver the other day. Think about it. Without his God inspired brilliance, we wouldn’t have peanut butter!!!!!!!!!! That would be a tragedy in and of itself!!!!!!