Hello! I'm Amanda. I'm a Christ-follower, and my favorite things to do are read, write, sing, swim, and play with my cats. :) I appreciate you taking time to read my thoughts! In case you were wondering about the title of this blog, I simply chose it because love is always the answer. Anything can be fixed with love, and nothing is anything without it. :) Whether you are a Christian or not, I hope that my posts encourage you, as well as help you gain different perspectives. Have a spectacular day, and don't forget how loved you are. :)

Saturday, June 21, 2014

No Big Deal

More often than not, people focus on the negative. It doesn't make life better, but in all the craziness that gets thrown at us, it's just so easy to do. We overreact and under-appreciate. There's always something wrong with life. Nothing seems to be going right. Nothing is in your favor right now. Why can't you have one peaceful day. Why did the world decide to pick on you today? This is just awful.

You know something though? It's most likely not nearly as big a deal as you think it is. Out of habit, we've trained ourselves to never look at the bigger picture. We convince ourselves in every day situations that this is the worst possible thing that can happen to us--when it's actually not. When you stop, take a deep breath, and really think about it, you'll start to realize how silly the things you get frustrated at are. Occasionally, I'll manage to be sensible for a few minutes, and I realize how ridiculous I can be sometimes. Is it honestly as terrible as I always make it out to be? Is my life that awful when they get my order wrong at a restaurant? When I have to stand in a line for 10 minutes? When I'm 5 minutes later than I wanted to be, and I don't get to chat with my friends as long? When we aren't having what I want for dinner? When I have a heavy work load? When I lose something and can't find it? It all seems horrid, like the world hates me, until I realize that there are lots of people in a much worse shape than me right now. So how about I just take a deep breath and be grateful for a few things? Grateful that I have the opportunity to buy food at a restaurant. That I have legs to stand in line with. That I have friends to talk to. That I have a dinner to eat at all. That I have the opportunity to get a good education. That I have possessions to lose. There are tons and tons of people who can't afford to eat out, who can't walk, who don't have any friends, who don't have a dinner tonight or even all week, who aren't able to go to school, who don't own anything at all. So why am I complaining of all things?

You always have something to be thankful for. Life is something to be thankful for. You get to explore, learn, have adventure, have fun! It's about how you choose to see it. It is incredibly easy to get caught up in life, and to forget how blessed you are. But next time you are about to get super upset and ruin your day because of it, try to stop for a minute, and remind yourself that it really is no big deal. 

"Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." ~1 Thessalonians 5:18~

"Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change." ~James 1:17~

--Love, Amanda