There are three major reasons for me to be deeply sad right now but underneath some of that pain there’s a piece of joy. Isn’t it strange how we can feel such opposite emotions at the same time? Through my sadness this joy kind of floods over my thoughts.
Oftentimes, I find it difficult to focus on the goodness and joy in life, instead of the pain and sorrow. I see others hurting and I so desperately want to take away their pain, but so often all that is in my power to do is pray. I feel at odds with how little I can help that I start feeling depressed–like I’m not doing enough to help. Honestly, even though prayer seems insignificant at times, it’s simply because I’m focusing on my own power, and not God’s.
I want to make a habit of looking at the sorrow, accepting it and praying for healing and changed hearts while I’m looking at, and thanking God for all my blessings and the joyful parts of life.
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” — Philippians 4:8