One day, a friend gave me some of the best advice I’ve received and, quite possibly, the best advice I’ve ever passed along to others. Life is messy. It’s chaotic, it’s frustrating and sometimes infuriating. People act senselessly and recklessly creating ripple effects that tear through hearts and lives. Some days there seems to be no end to the nightmare. That’s when the rule of 7’s comes into play. How will this moment look and feel in 7 days, 7 months and 7 years from now.
Wow. Talk about perspective changer and attitude changer. I found that my daughter’s meltdowns while frustrating in the moment, won’t be our reality in 7 years. The frustrating situations at work won’t even be memories in 7 months. And the battle over healthy food vs. peanut butter and jelly (or even just jelly straight up) won’t be an issue in 7 days. The messiness of today won’t matter in the future. Will it shape it, sure. Will it define it, not unless you let it.
Today you can choose how you will respond. Do you continue the messy, ugly ripple effects created by other people’s poor choices, or do you stop and consciously choose to not let this small moment define your future reality? I choose love for others, grace for others, mercy for others and joy, joy for myself.
God is ever constant. Never changing. Always good, even in what feels bad and messy. The one and only choice you will ever make that will absolutely make a difference in 7 days, 7 months and 7 years, is the decision for salvation. If you are tired of riding the emotional roller coaster of inconsistency then choose Christ today. He is right there with you, just waiting for you to take his hand. Expect joy today.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:4 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
1 Peter 1:8-9 – Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls.
2 Corinthians 12:10 – That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.