What Have I Done?

What Have I Done?

by Sherry Chamblee

I was sitting here today a bit depressed over the projects I haven’t been able to complete yet. Two are pretty significant, but I can’t seem to get them done.

I was feeling bad about myself, stressed, worried that these things weren’t going to get done, and that I was failing because they weren’t done yet.

Then something stopped me. It was as if God told me to look back and see what I HAD accomplished this year.

The list of things I have finished is longer than the list of things that is NOT finished. My children have gotten where they needed to be. I’ve served in my church where needed – though we can always do more. I’ve been a wife and a mom and a friend and a sister. Inside all those things were accomplishments.

Why do we judge our entire life by the few things we have NOT done, when there’s an entire pile of things we HAVE done that we could be looking at?

This happens in so many areas of our lives.  Too often I only see the negative, and ignore all the right, all the positives. We listen to the one person saying mean terrible things, and ignore all the people who have positive things to say. I listen to the one voice saying hurtful things, and ignore all the people saying helpful things. The negative always seems to outshine the positive in our minds.

It’s the same with our view of God, isn’t it.

We judge God based on the things He has NOT done for us, while ignoring those significant, life-altering things He does for us daily without us ever even noticing. And then there’s the huge things He’s done for each of us. The prayers we agonized over, and God answered. The times we felt lost and God came to find us. Those moments we felt alone, and God was there.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 

Don’t ever underestimate the good things in your life. Don’t let the critics overshadow the positives. Don’t let the failures make you forget about the successes.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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  1. Wonderful blog. So true. I have felt the same way toward the end of this year so I can identify. God bless.

  2. What a fantastic post. I am going to read this often. It’s so true, Sherri. We dwell on the things we don’t get finished and on the negative not only in ourselves, others, and God. I’m going to start looking at what God has done and what I’ve gotten done instead of what He hasn’t and I haven’t. Thank you SO much for this post! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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