Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. – John 20:29 KJV
Thomas, one of Jesus’s disciples, has become known as “Doubting Thomas.”
Wouldn’t it be embarrassing to be known for doubt instead of faith that Jesus was resurrected?
When we find ourselves doubting the motives of others, we can ask ourselves if our assumptions are correct or if they are just assumptions. When others judge us harshly and mistreat us, we don’t like it.
We can choose to focus on only the things that we can control, and ask ourselves what God is teaching us through those experiences.
Instead of focusing on other people’s behavior, we can try to look at each event in our lives in a neutral way, neither positive nor negative.
Doc Orman, who gives advice on stress cures, said this in one of his recent newsletters on holiday stress: “there are no happy holidays. There are just holidays. And whatever happens, we can choose to make ourselves feel happy…or not.”
We can choose to feel happy, just the way many of Jesus’s disciples chose to believe Jesus was resurrected without requiring proof of physical evidence.
Yet, interestingly enough, Jesus still gave Thomas the evidence that Thomas needed. Jesus had so much compassion that He met Thomas where he was at, not where he should have been.
This holiday season we can choose to be happy. We can choose to see what Jesus is telling us to learn through the events that transpire, and we can strive notice each moment in a neutral way, knowing that our faith in Jesus can prevail. Amen.