Mind Over Matter

24 01 2008

Sitting in Green Bay’s Lambeau Field Sunday night, I’ve never felt such a huge wave of disappointment as when 72,000 people sat literally frozen in stunned silence as their Packers lost in overtime. A trip to the Super Bowl lost, everyone then slowly shuffled out of the stadium with muted despair and disbelief hanging in the frigid air above our heads. Its almost like a wet blanket was thrown over the whole state’s pre-planned celebration.

This brings up a good question: As people trying our best to (BE)TTER, What do we do when things don’t go the way we planned?

As always, the Bible’s got an answer. Psalm 42:5 says:

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God.”

It is completely natural to feel down about undesired outcomes for a little while. But it seems to me when that frustration lingers in our mood too long, we need to exercise our minds over the matter. We  have to decide to ditch the despair and, like the old song says, “put on a happy face.”

Praying, hoping and trusting that even though a door closed, God will open a new window of opportunity promotes a Better Life. Make sense to you?

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