When But Is Hard

Gratitude Day 406

Fri., Feb. 14, 2020

Psalm 86:15: But, Lord, you are a God who shows mercy and is kind. You don’t become angry quickly. You have great love and faithfulness.

Ever hear the words, “I love him, but …”

Or, “She is nice. But there is no way …”

Where God often puts and “and,” we want to put a “but.”

But, I’m too busy.

But, I don’t have the skills.

But, I’m tired.

But, can’t someone else do it?

But … but … but.

We through “buts” around so quick and easy. We are so CERTAIN that our thought deserves a “but” we fail to contemplate if there is another option.

Like “and.” Or, “also.” Or, “potentially.”

We just get stuck on “but” because, well, we know best. We are right. There is only one option.

Thank goodness we can know a God that is not the God of “but” but the God of “and.” As well as “also.” And this God is not afraid of lots of potential options.

In Psalm 86, the writer feels attacked by a ruthless gang. He’s had enough. He is ready to be done.

But then, he remembers one important thing: God only shows mercy and kindness. God is so slow to anger because God has unless amounts of love and faithfulness.

What a refreshing attitude! One with endless possibilities and lots of potential futures with oceans of acceptance and love. No “buts” here.

Today, let’s be agents who decide not to let “buts” slow us down. Narrow our thoughts and feelings. Limit our possibilities.

Let’s use “but” less and even contemplate letting it go. If only for one day.

Just try it. See what happens. Is there even a slight shift in your attitude? You may be pleasantly surprised.

For a God who is not limited with “buts,” I am grateful.

Blessings –

Dianne

Dear God – so often, we look for every reason to but a “but” into a situation rather than being open to more than one option. Challenge us to see less limits and only more possibilities in the world around us. Amen.

If you have enjoyed this blog, please pass it along to someone else who will also enjoy it.