I used to be the most negative person I know. When I was in my 20s, I believed that if the worst could happen, it would. I can't pinpoint exactly when I began to change, but it happened after my cancer in 2007, I think. That and the sub sequent surgeries and chemo grew my faith. It has gradually increased until now when it is in full-blown mode.
At this point in my life, I can not tolerate negativity. I would say I have made a 360 degree spin around. My life is not without its problems, which very few people know about, but it is a blessed life. I look at people I know who have some of the most plum positions at work, and they are ungrateful, complaining people. I just don't get it.
At this point, I am looking at retirement in 18 months......18 months. Up until this past summer, I didn't imagine it would be possible for financial decisions I made 17 years ago. Then, God arrived on the scene, and He arrived in a BIG way. Aside from setting me up financially to retire, He has blessed me in so many ways:
1. I get to spend quality time every weekend with my parents, who are 84 and 88. Dad has been blessed exponentially, and Mother is even making inroads in her health.
2. I have a plum position at work where I a now teach 3rd-5th graders. I am still in awe of God's sense of humor in handing me this position. Me? with 3rd graders? Who would have thought?! Not me in a gazillion years! :)
3. I can impact people at work (big and little) with my baking. He has given me a passion for baking, and dare I say, a gift?
4. I am in good health, and so are my family members.
5. I have 3, yes 3, part-time jobs. If I plan right, I can work them all in the same day with my regular job. Never in a bajillion years would I have believed I could work at home from my computer in my pajamas in front of the fire with my catavisors (supervisors).
This is somewhat of a rambling, but it is what is on my mind right now.
God is soooo good; I do not understand ungratefulness.