Tuesday, April 01, 2014

How was that heart attack?... what side do you see?

Weird title... I know...

But the church we visited Sunday told a story about a man having a heart attack.

A man had a heart attack & someone came up to him & said, "So, how was that heart attack?"... like it was a party that everyone wants to have.  The man was confused & said, "What are you talking about?"

The man said, "Well, do you appreciate every morning you get to wake up now?"
... Well, yes
"& do you love to see the sun set every evening?"
... Yes, I do...
"& do you feel like you are appreciating your body & taking better care of it?"
...Yes, I am...
"& do you love your family even more, giving them more hugs & holding them closer then ever?"
... Yes, I do...
"So, let me ask you again - How was that heart attack?"

I loved that because it was a message on how God can work through suffering.  In the worst things that happen to us, good things can happen.  Adversity can happen.  Appreciation can happen.

So Ricky & I were talking about that message & I said how much I loved that heart attack story.  Ricky looked at me & said, "Yeah, but it could go the other way too"
What?  I didn't understand what he meant...

& he said, Yeah someone could say, "How do I like this heart attack?  Well, now I'm on medicine that costs me a lot of money.  & now I'm afraid to do a lot of things because I'm afraid it will cause another heart attack.  & yeah, my family is frustrated with me because I now try to stay stress free & I just want to be left alone, & yeah, my bank account is drained from the expense of having the heart attack."

In Ricky's eyes, he saw the other side of it.

Let it be noted , which may seem a little obvious about this conversation, I always try to be an optimist, Ricky leans towards a pessimist side.  He will say he's more of a 'Realist" ... we balance each other out though - that's what makes a great marriage & why God brought us together. 

What I'm saying is Ricky isn't Mr. Bah-humbug for thinking & saying that...
I think a lot of people feel the same way.  They see the 'other side'...

& a lot of times, that's what people live & experience...

its not always roses & butterflies... sometimes its hard & frustrating & aggravating...
& people don't see God in situations...

I thought about our conversation on this.  Which ended, as most of our conversations, with me just saying , "Oh Ricky".. & he saying, "Oh Rebecca"...
those conversations where you just don't find middle ground...
& I thought to myself, yeah know, its all about attitude.

Do you want to find the good in things?
Do you want to find God working in the areas of your life that are hard?
Do you want to be optimistic about it?

its hard...
When bad things happen, its easy to focus on the bad...
But you have to really want to look 'on the other side' of bad...


  1. Good post. I think I tend to lean more toward being an optimist. Or at least I hope I do.

  2. Very well put! I think that sometimes it's easier to feel sorry for ourselves than anything else... but it's more rewarding when we stop and recognize the positives from a negative situation!

  3. Wonderful food for thought. I think I tend more toward optimism ... not a Pollyanna, but I do try to find a silver lining and the blessing even when it's hard to find.

  4. So I'm definitely more of a pessimist at times-- although I definitely say I'm a realist! It's so true that your attitude can make a situation completely different! I think it's human to be upset or pessimistic about things at times, as long as you don't allow yourself to fall into constant negativity.

  5. I feel like I can go either way - pessimist or optimist - just depends on the day. Love the quote about a positive attitude, ain't that the truth!

  6. I love this post! I really want to believe I'm an optimist, but I def think I could work on my "seeing the positive" side more! haha.

    Also, I love that you guys stood on different sides of the fence in a way! It's so interesting to me how people can see situations COMPLETELY different:) (my husband and me 90% of the time) haha

  7. My husband is a pessimist as well. I think it's one of his job hazards. I, however, am an optimist and tend to see the glass as half full...always have, even in high school.

    Interesting discussion you guys had!

  8. I try very hard to find the good in all things but I am also very critical of things around me so I really need to work on this. That story made me cry because how often a day goes by and we don't appreciate all that we have been given.

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