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This One Choice Can Make or Break Your Year

I was mad. Hurt. Fed up. Over what?

Oh, the usual.

My husband—can’t he see I need some attention?
My kids—why are they acting so entitled? Did I raise them to be this ungrateful??
My job—deadlines, expectations, stress, stress and more stress. WHEN CAN I CATCH MY BREATH??

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It’s nothing new, right? We all have our list of occasional irritations, underlying heartaches, relationship challenges, insecurities and grievances against life.

Every once in a while, mine reaches a tipping point. And I know what I need to do.

Reach out for accountability and reason.

So I sent an SOS text to a trusted friend, begging her to talk me off the ledge of my resentment.

She sympathized. She encouraged. She received my angst and held it in her hands, like a true friend will. But then she hurled it to the sky beyond my reach—with these very wise words:

“Our time on earth is a lot of disappointments. But we can choose how we think about it and how we respond.”

And that will make all the difference.

When my husband wounds me with his humanity—will I remember I’m a sinner, too, and count his thousands of merits instead of a few selective flaws? Will I forgive more readily than I criticize?

When my children are too loud or contrary, or they demand too much of my presence and energy—will I wish these days away or choose to see the chaos as a gift that will all-to-soon fly to college?

And when my desk beckons with an insurmountable workload, how easy is it to gripe about the to-do list rather than praise God for abundant provision.

How would my heart expand with joy instead of sorrow if I’d only CHOOSE TO SEE THE GOOD and trust God with the rest?

Disappointments are a given in this world. My friend is right. Jesus told us, “In this world you will have trouble” (John 16:33). That’s just a fact.

How we view the trouble will determine our satisfaction.

It’s the difference between peace and distress, happiness and resentment.

And I want to make the right choice.

Don’t you?

Happy 2021, everyone. Let’s make this our best year yet—not based on circumstances, but on our response to the circumstances. “For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Much love,
Becky

*This post first appeared on beckykopitzke.com  

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Where to Find Comfort and Joy in 2021

This year has had a way of exposing what we worry about the most. Over the last several weeks, I had the opportunity to be part of a women’s Bible study that read through the Gospel of Luke. Recently I came across this all-familiar passage that struck me differently than before.

“Do not worry about everyday life...these things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs...wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22, 30, 34

Jesus had just finished telling His disciples they needn’t worry about death or the harm that others could do to them. Instead, He encouraged them to entrust themselves to the One who holds all authority and power in both this world and the next. It is after this interaction that Jesus launches into his famous words on anxiety and the cares of this world.

Do not worry, He says, about how you will get your needs met. And while I may not worry about my next meal, there is one need that has dominated my thoughts continuously this year:

My health.

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A Grace-Filled Lineage

What would Jesus think of the #metoo movement?

I believe the gospel writer of Matthew gives us some strong hints when he records Jesus’s genealogy. Matthew writes about the Christmas story by beginning with a list of names- 40 men and 5 women in order to prove the royal bloodline of Jesus.

The fact that he mentions 5 women in this lineage of 40 men should cause the reader to stand up and take notice. Another Gospel writer, Luke, did not mention any women in his version! Why are they included in Matthew’s account? Many have pointed out that these five women have all been tainted by sexual scandal or abuse.

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