Do you remember the movie, Pollyanna? It was one of my favorites as a little girl. Pollyanna was a little girl whose missionary parents died so she went to live with her Aunt Polly, a very wealthy and stern woman. Pollyanna was known for being a bright and sweet child that had the ability to help people see things with a positive perspective. The entire community was impacted by this one little girl.
I think watching this movie so many times and those like it had a profound impact on how I view life. With a little positivity and gladness of heart, any situation can be made better, but sometimes life doesn’t get better. No matter how hard I try I can’t seem to have my inner Pollyanna make things seem brighter.
Sometimes I feel overwhelmed with life. Sometimes it seems like no matter how hard I work to change the things capable of being changed, no change happens. Sometimes I yell at my children.Sometimes all I want to do is eat carbs and mindlessly watch television. The other day I had a conversation with my middle child and it went something like this.
Child: How was your day, Mama?
Me: It was kind of a rough day.
Me: I was thinking about a lot of grown up things.
Child: Like cookies?
Oh, if it were that simple, but when I am honest and think about the greatness of God, my problems are really as insignificant as cookies (no disrespect to the lovers of cookies out there).
“Why am I discouraged: Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again--my Savior and my God!”- Psalm 43:5
My encouragement to you today is to remember to hope...not in a fictional character...not in your own ability, but in God. He not only cares about the things overwhelming you today, he is placing people and situations around you to remind you to hope. Sometimes we have to look to find it. Are you willing to look? There is hope for you!
You are my friend and I love you.