That’s a question one gets asked a lot, and the response is either “good” or “baaad”!
Or one may even make the statement, “Life’s not treating me well…”
But I tend to ask people, “How are you treating life?” I remember asking a friend, and their reply, “How can I treat life? Life’s treating me good.”
We treat life. Yes it’s true that bad things do come our way, some of which we’re not responsible for, but our attitude towards such difficulties is what makes a difference. (I’m not talking about “positive thinking”, that’s all New Age brainwash) What I am talking about is acknowledging the Lord in our circumstances, whether good or bad. When we view life as an opportunity to learn, to correct ourselves, to live for the Lord giving thanks to Him we treat life in a purposeful manner.
It’s alright to bring our troubled situations and thoughts to God like those in the Bible did, but what we’re to refrain from is complaining, whining, murmuring, grumbling etc. rather rejoice in the Lord, always! At times it is hard to sing and rejoice, but what I believe the Apostle Paul meant by “rejoicing in the Lord always” was to hope in Him and not allow the situations in life to drag us down from the hope we have in Him. Hope that He will pull us through!
But that’s easier said than done, right? Jesus Christ said, “In this life there will be many troubles, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world!” (Jn 16:33) That is where our strength should be drawn from! Life was never meant to be a bed of roses… “And He that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” Rom 8:27,28
So let us treat life, rather than letting life treat us! We’re not called to be tossed around by every hardship that arises but rather to press on! It’s amazing how circumstances seem less intense when we choose to alter our thoughts by renewing our minds (Rom 12:2) and put our trust in the One to whom we have surrendered our lives!