Hashtag Blessed…..but really.

“First in line to order Starbucks this morning #blessed”
“Just bought the last package of mac and cheese at the store #blessed”
“Eating chocolate cake #blessed”

Okay so basically now when someone says that they are blessed in their life…they kinda say it with sarcasm. I will admit, I’ve said it many times before on social media. But now I’ve come to realized that being blessed depends so highly on our outlook of our faith, our relationship with Christ and most definitely our attitudes.

I’ve done a lot of thinking this past week. With being around my family, I found myself thinking back on the days that I was just a young little girl swinging on my favorite tree swing that my dad made by hand on our 1 acre of green land back in Pennsylvania. I also remember the selfish fights my brother and I had that we now look back on and laugh. I recall several memories I had in public school where other kids made fun of me and I never understood why. I remember the time I tried to ride my bike and roller blade at the same time which ended up leaving bloody scratches on my cheeks and forehead. I distinctly remember the time I asked my mom why the cashier handed her back so much money at the grocery store. I remember the time when my dad told us on our family vacation he left his job because he felt led to go in a different direction with his career. I started to realize that life is so much more than being mad at my parents for forcing me to move to a state in the middle of the country (Oklahoma).  

This is when I started to realize that hardships are a part of life and absolutely no one can ignore or run away from. You have to deal with them. You learn, whether the event was a mistake or not. This week, I looked back on my life and see how far myself (and my family) has come. Honestly, we are blessed. At one point, we had everything and plenty more. The next, we had nothing. Today, we have what we need. We are blessed; without a doubt. God has taught us that the roof over our head is so so so beautiful and we need to have a grateful heart for our home. For our vehicles. For our friendships and for ourselves being together. For our health. For the way God has purposefully composed our lives. I learned to live by faith.

I am blessed to be obtaining an education, so how dare I complain about it?
I am blessed to have an amazing, supporting, loving father, mother and brother. Amazing friends. Relationships.

Honestly, a majority of us go throughout the day…taking things for complete granted. At the same time, a majority of us need to have a more thankful heart and truly understand the meaning of being blessed. Being in the United States, we live in such a rich environment and have so much freedom. God has been teaching me so much that it can all be taken from us any second. Our expiration date can be a breath away.

This afternoon, I started to go into complete stress-out mode on my dad. I told him I was worrying so much about grad school: where to go, how to pay for it, which direction to focus on etc. He looked me in the eye and said “Christina, where is all this worry rooting from?” and at first I pointed to my mom in the kitchen and said “I got those genes from her” but my dad really knew what I was thinking. Worry doesn’t come from God. He gives us confidence. He is not a God of doubt. And this is something I remind myself daily. I can’t run away from my stress and worry, but I know who I can turn to.

Peace homies.

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