Thorn Bushes Have Roses

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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of loss and pain to many. Everyone has been affected, directly or indirectly. Many have lost their lives and many are still fighting for their lives. It has been a crazy year, no one foresaw this. I can write all day about my 2020 plans, those that did not come to pass because of the pandemic. I can also choose to write about the lessons and new opportunities that have come my way because of this very sad situation. There are always two sides of the story, two sides of the coin. Which one do you choose to focus on?

You also have a choice to make, depending on your attitude; you can make a choice to focus on the bright side of life. Finding something to rejoice about,  as the Bible says ‘Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (Philippians 4:8). When all is said and done, the choice is yours, will you focus on the bad news or find something praiseworthy even in the midst of the bad news.

The fact that you are reading this is evidence that you have life. That is a reason to rejoice! Yes, there is a thorn in your flesh, but you can only feel pain if you have life. Praise the Lord for the breath! Abraham Lincoln said “We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorn bushes have roses.”  The thorns will look bigger if you focus on them, but if you focus on the roses they will also appear bigger. There are businesses that shut down because of the pandemic, and there are those that thrived. Some people saw death and others saw opportunity, others focused on the storms and others built boats.

Today as much as things may be hard, let us focus on God’s rod and staff instead of focusing on the valley of the shadow of death. Let us focus on Jesus instead of the storm, let us focus on the dream instead of the prison. Let us focus on the roses instead of the thorns.


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