Thursday, February 23, 2006

Clarification on Post

Let me clarify my position on yesterday's post. From the responses I received on the comments, I found I didn't make some of my thoughts very clear. I love getting comments, they help me think about opinions I've formed, and sometimes help me change them. They provide a very nice counter to what some people might dub my overly strong opinions and thoughts. I stated I don't understand people's mindsets that don't have a positive outlook on life and circumstances. I stand by that, but I pray God will help me in that respect to better relate to people. I said people should focus on the good in life. In my opinion that is true, but one should also recognize the bad in life, just not focus on it. Putting on a "happy face" is not a good thing either, to fake happiness is to lie. I do not do that. I honestly have had some very bad days, but during those times, I actively seek out that which I can praise God for, just as Paul and Silas did when they were singing praises to God in the jail. Yes, I admit that I don't have it all together, I am human like everyone else. And my natural reaction is to just attempt to get through the problem quickly and not think about it. That's an area that God could really work on in my life. I guess really I was just so frustrated yesterday because I see Christians out there who never take the time to stop and praise God for the blessings in their life, they just stop to pray about all the problems. There has to be a balance. I have some great personal friends who will list a lot of bad things going on in their life, but then at the end they say God is still good. Even if that's all they can do, I highly admire and respect them for it. It reminds me of Job. He went on and on about all the bad that had befallen him, but he still glorified God.

2 Supposings:

Blogger SweetChicken supposed...

It is amazing to watch as God molds our hearts. We learn more about ourselves, and about others, and most importantly, more about GOD himself in a forum such as this. I want to thank you for allowing God to use you in this venue. I also want to congratulate you on your own victories.

I like what you said about faking happiness. I had never thought of that as lying before. I simply thought of myself as being brave for the sake of others.

And you are right about many Christians hyper-focusing on the bad, the trial, the struggles. Prayer chains are often chocked full of requests and bad things, but rarely contain praises. How sad that we will pass our pain on to others, but not our joy as well.

12:02 AM  
Blogger Barb supposed...

Call this a "delayed reaction" comment, Micah. I really appreciate your balancing clarifications. I like the things you admit you need from God in both this and other posts. You may have what seem to be "overly strong" opinions and thoughts at times, but you also have an honest and good heart. That's one of the things I really like about you (among many others). We need people of your personality type to balance out those of us who would end up awash in (and swamped by) their feelings to help us see some other ways of dealing with life. Thank you. And my thinking goes on...

8:09 AM  

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