I’ve have been enjoying a blog series about a family who is choosing to live on less than $28,000 per year. It’s been interesting to see how they have made this work for their family. It has also made me think about how we can view our circumstances in our own life, whether financial or not.
This family has made a choice to live on a low income and feel it’s a blessing. Another family can lose part of their income and be forced to live on that amount of money, and can see it as a curse.
A woman can find out she is expecting a child and feel it’s the worst thing that can happen at the worst possible time, while another woman can be rejoicing that she is finally pregnant.
A family could be forced to move from their home to another state and feel angry about the situation, while another family can be excited about the same adventure.
It’s all a matter of how you view it.
One man’s curse can be another man’s blessing.
One woman can find out that her husband has a terminal illness and be angry with God that He has allowed this to happen. She can grow bitter and depressed and feel like her life is over.
And another woman can find out the same thing and accept this trial as part of God’s eternal plan. She can choose to pray that through her family’s suffering, if only one life is touched and turns to Jesus, then she can count it all worthy and feel honored to have been chosen to bear this cross.
It’s all a matter of perspective.
We all know people who have been made much meaner and more irritable and more intolerable to live with by suffering: it is not right to say that all suffering perfects. It only perfects one type of person …… the one who accepts the call of God in Christ Jesus. –Oswald Chambers
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