This week I had an opportunity to put this game to the test. Although I tend to be a hopeful optimist, when our pipes connecting to the washing machine & kitchen sink backed up, I was not looking forward to the extra loads of work it would provide. Rather than mope around complaining, I chose to look at the “brighter side”, “make lemonade” (remember my old post about when you get a bunch of lemons??), or essentially play “The Glad Game.”
Ultimately, I decided to put on a semi-pioneer attitude (that goes in line with my fascination of the 19th century; Little House Books, Dr. Quinn Mini-Series, Civil War documentaries, and many other period pieces).
Yes, I would be carrying dozens of dishes back and forth from the bathroom tub to the kitchen cabinets. And Yes, I would be spending hours scrubbing clothes & towels. There’s not much gladness in all that, IF your geared toward pessimism. Instead, I have learned to truly find contentment , even in the challenges. So I was actually glad that I had hot, running water, rather than the true means of washing clothes & dishes like those pioneers from the 1800’s. Plus, I think these extra duties may help me shed a few calories, and I’m certainly glad about that(lol).
(BTW, P.F. I sure coulda used your washboard offer this week….if only we lived closer—:-) )
So, my dear family & friends that stop by to visit us here on “JJ,” consider a tough challenge that may be causing frustration or potential bitterness.......Is there something about it that can produce some sort of gladness??
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28