My son wasn't his normal happy self as I brought him home from school the other day. By the time we reached our driveway, a mere 15 minutes, he was about to explode with anger at his siblings - another out of character thing for him.
Instead of continuing with my planned activities, I chose to go for a short walk with my boy and let him vent about his day. Immediately, the anger turned to hurt as he recounted some injustices at school.
I did the normal half listening and half praying thing as he unravelled.
We ended up on our swing set. His venting ended and I had nothing to say. The truth was, he had a rough day. So now what? I thought.
God put this verse in my mind:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
I shared it with him and suggested we take turns verbalizing something we were thankful for. Not naming things from the past or future, but the here and now. I said I was thankful for the blue sky. He reluctantly followed my lead.
Immediately his mood lifted. I hadn't "solved" his problems, but we no longer focused on them, and they no longer held the same power over his mood.
What an amazing lesson for me. I will keep this illustration in mind as I encounter difficult days in my future. God's word is Living and it works.
PS. I'm thankful that you took the time to read my post today!