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Making Bad Things Into Good Things

Many years ago, a friend told me to take a really bad situation and turn it around and make it something good. After all, if I had to go through all the pain, why not get any benefit out of it?

Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. -James 4:8 (ESV)

I have been getting angrier and angrier about a situation at work that is really out of my control. It has left me in a situation where I am overwhelmed and ultimately faced with a nightmare. Throw in the emotional stuff around my boss's illness and impending death and it really makes for a very sad, frustrating experience. All that being written, it is the stuff that keeps me up at night, thinking about all of the things I do not understand that he did, knowing I am expected to be able to step in and do them. That is when the fear starts to kick in, leaving me to mentally scramble, attempting to figure out how I am going to personally fix everything.

I realize, when I can step outside of the situation, that the people I work for don't fully understand the enormous complexity that is an I.T. department, because they are not I.T. people. Of course, I don't understand the complexity of what they handle, either.

Today I got down on my knees to thank God for the opportunity to draw closer to Him and depend on Him, knowing that He is in control of my destiny-- not only here, but in all of my life. I heard Him in no uncertain terms through His Word and in my heart, reminding me that, if I draw near to Him, He will draw near to me. Sometimes, it takes a little crisis for me to respond correctly and reach out to my Creator. Once I do, things are always put in proper perspective. The day is looking better already.

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. -Hebrews 10:22 (ESV)

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