“D’Andra, you need to get dressed to get on the bus,” I said for what seemed the 500th time. She smiled and continued writing numbers on her white board. At 7:05 a.m., she had 20 minutes to get dressed and outside for the bus. I began to put on my make-up preparing to drop her off at school.
I turned off the radio at 7:12 am and asked her for the 5000th time to get dressed. She picked up her outfit and went into the bathroom. I checked on her a few minutes later and she was waiting for me to help her get dressed.
She barely got on the bus this morning and I could have used that episode to start my day badly. But instead, I choose to look for the good.
- She fried bacon and made herself a breakfast burrito
- She carried the radio into the living room, turned it
on and turned the dial to a station we both agreed on
- She worked on counting coins, something her teacher
said she needed to work on during last week’s IEP
- She wrote numbers on her marker board
- She got herself ready with minimal help from me
Raising a child with special needs or even what specialists call a “typically-developmental” child is a challenge. We can choose to dwell on their weaknesses and the hassle of helping them. Or we can search for the good in every situation. I believe when we search for good, we find favor with God and that person.
“If you search for good, you will find favor; but if you search for evil, it will find you!” Proverbs 11:27 NLT
Searching requires focus effort. The definition of search is “to inquire, investigate, examine, or seek; conduct an examination or investigation.”
Searching for good brings you favor. Searching for evil will bring evil to you. Make an effort to investigate or examine the challenges facing you right now to find the good.
What’s the good thing you see in your challenging circumstance today?