Maybe it’s because of the time of the year, maybe it’s because I can’t wait for spring to arrive and have more sunlight, maybe it’s because this old body of mine is really starting to feel the wear and tear I’ve accumulated over the years or maybe it’s because I really don’t enjoy the cold weather anymore, like I used to when I was younger. I really don’t know, but historically, for me, February is probably the one month out of the whole year when I really have to work or focus on the positive and keep my eyes off of the negative.
And there is no shortage of negativity, it seems as though we’re just surrounded with the stuff, just about everywhere one looks at or hears. Yet, I am also mindful that the negatives that I face are hardly worth mentioning, compared to what some other Christian brothers or sisters have to deal with. Keeping a “balanced perspective” is important. I’m thinking my tolerance levels must dip a bit during February for some reason, or my patience seems to take a vacation. February is always a good month for me to keep my lips pressed tightly together. Keep my negative comments and thoughts to myself, so to speak, because my smile muscles and cheery disposition seem to have taken the month off.
Candidly, I’m pretty sure some of my family members would want to question that “cheery disposition” statement of mine, especially the “all year long” aspect, but what the heck, nobody’s perfect. I do smile, I have pictures to prove it! I even broke down yesterday and laughed at one of my granddaughters (no picture though, you’ll have to take my word on that one, but I do have a witness)!
Philippians 4:8 NASB
“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”
I’ve mentioned previously about trying to keep it simple or basic. Spending time in God’s Word is always a positive, earnest time in prayer is another. One foot in front of the other type of thing. I’ve even been asking Jesus to grant me grace to really keep my hand in His as of late. I’m thinking that is about as basic as one can get and that, for lack of better words, is about where I need to be about now. Actually, that is always a good place to be.
I find that February is a good month to do those little “extra things” for those that you love, that I sometimes have a tendency to put off. Tackle some of those “To Do” list items that will please my spouse. Or buy my wife flowers for no reason at all other than I’m so thankful she is still with me. Kind of balance out some of the dips with a little upward blip whenever possible. Giving hugs “just because” is another sure winner, although I find I am more “selective” with hugs in February. Giving young children hugs is always easy, their parents however, I have to sometimes remind myself that none of us are promised tomorrow and to take advantage of hug opportunities whenever they present themselves. Funny how when you get older, you really don’t want time to fly by so fast that it feels more like a bullet, but sometimes, in the midst of the bullet, you just want this current time frame to be done with.
Thankfully February is the shortest month of the year and it is rapidly coming to a close. Now if I can just bunker down until the end of the month, things should start to improve in March!
Lord, forgive me for how fickle I am.
Don’t forget “. . . dwell on these things.”
Worthy is the Lamb! Blessings!