We were playing cars today with the boys, and we had a lot of fun. It’s fun (and hilarious) to see Micah interact with his little brother more and more. Now that August is big enough, he tries to play with the same toys Micah is playing with.
Today as we were playing, August was playing with one of the cars and so Micah came to play with that car too. Even though he had a whole race track, another car, and other toys to play with on his own he wanted to play with the exact one August had. We are teaching him about sharing, but the thing that stood out to me in that moment was about focus.
How many times do we have a lot of good stuff going on in our lives but we allow our minds to focus on that one thing that’s not going the way we want it to go? We make that the only thing we focus on but there’s a huge list of other things going well at the same time.
Even though it could have been a lesson on sharing for Micah and August, God was using it to show me what it’s like when we do that. When we focus on that one thing that’s not going well, we don’t even notice the rest. Our perspective becomes imbalanced and our view of our lives can be effected. You can have a lot going well, but if God encourages you to give that one thing up it doesn’t mean you’re just terrible, it’s just gives you an opportunity to grow.
Like Micah is learning to share, we have to learn to grow so that we can love better. So that we can give more of ourselves better. So that we can look more like Christ.
Don’t look at that one thing in your life in isolation, look at it balanced with all the other good things.
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NASB