I once heard a gambler say “winning never outweighs the feeling of losing.” I think a similar principle applies to our everyday lives. I feel like a little losing typically outweighs a lot of winning. Have you ever noticed that all can be going so well in life and you can have so much to enjoy, but there is that one negative thing that is happening that completely negates the effects of the positivity?
Perhaps you haven’t noticed because you were too busy focusing on the negative that you failed to see all the amazing positive things going on. I find that more often than not, one negative circumstance has the power of multiple positive circumstances. I find that the cons weigh more than the pros.
I started thinking about all this earlier this week as I was riding downtown on my bicycle. Everything in my day was perfect! I was heading out to have a good time, drink some good coffee (my favourite…), and enjoy the beautiful sunshine. That being said, I didn’t have gloves so my hands were freezing in the November weather. It didn’t take long before my cold hands became the centre of my attention and my complaints, even though it was just a short ride towards a great day.
As I rode and contemplated, I also found it interesting to think that often times our negative situations could’ve been prevented. I mean, I could’ve worn gloves! As I continued to reflect on this whole idea while riding my bike and complaining about my cold hands, I started to think about the Bible.
The Bible isn’t always an exciting book to read, I get that — even I find it boring sometimes. But beyond the excitement ratings, the Bible is often looked at as a book full of strict rules and legalistic calls to a certain way of living. There’s no denying that some Biblical calls for holiness and righteousness are tough pills to swallow and walk out in obediently. I also believe there is so much more to this topic than can be addressed in such a short amount of space, but with all this having been said, I couldn’t help but ask one question:
Have you ever thought that God’s “rules” are really just Him trying to hand us a pair of gloves for those cold November days?