Here are some things I heard in Miami this past weekend:
“I can’t believe it’s so cold.”
(The temperature was 80 degrees.)
“The water is freezing, I’m not going in there.”
(The water temperature was 79 degrees.)
“Why does it have to be so windy?”
(The wind speed was 15 mph.)
Then I returned to Centerport, and heard these comments:
“Oh, it’s so beautiful out.”
(Snow had fallen on two consecutive mornings.)
“Wow, it’s so mild and wonderful today.”
(The temperature was 38 degrees.)
“What a warm winter we’re having.”
(Average temperature 40 degrees less than Miami.)
It’s all about perspective. One person’s cold is another person’s warm. Days are seldom the temperature of Baby Bear’s favorite porridge (not too hot or too cold). Some people find joy in the things that make other people miserable. Some people feel blessed despite having less than those who complain. On flat-out gorgeous days, some people even complain about the next day! (“What a beautiful day!” ~ “Yes, but I hear it’s going to be cold tomorrow.”) Thanks, Eeyore!
Paul writes, “I know what it is like to be in need and what it is like to have more than enough. I have learned this secret, so that anywhere, at any time, I am content, whether I am full or hungry, whether I have too much or too little. I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me” (Philippians 4:12-13, Good News Bible).
Isn’t today a beautiful day?