Coldness Has Different Perspectives


Friday, February 4, 2011

Phoenix Arizona and the rest of the country has recently gone through a cold front that brought snow and wind, dropping some of the country to its knees.  Phoenicians felt the coldness as the temperatures in the night hovered in the 20’s and 30’s.

On Wednesday night at 5 p.m. Carter had a lacrosse game in Mesa which lasted til 8 p.m.  The temperature outside was 34 degrees with a wind chill that brought the temp down to 20.  It was cold as we parents stood on the sidelines and cheered our boys to victory (Carters team is now 4-0).  While we watched the game much complaining went on as to frozen feet and tingling fingers and quivering lips.  Most of the parents had come from the northern sections of our country along with our neighbors to the north.  Yet our growing up in the cold climates didn’t help us adjust to the frigid temperatures that we were encountering.  The coldness of the night brought out the worst of our negative thoughts as we could hardly wait for the game to end so that we could jump in our trucks and thaw out our bones.

The next morning I was driving out of our neighborhood and went by a fountain to see one of the more beautiful pictures that I had seen in a while.  The ice sculpture that had formed by the coldness of the night brought about a brilliant picture of the sun as it caused the ice crystals to show various color shades.  I began to muse on the ways in which we look at life and see various negative aspects of our life and circumstances and don’t stop to look at the possible positive aspects of our negative circumstances.  Maybe today you can stop and ask God to give you some positive thoughts about where you are in life so that you might see a Godly different perspective.

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About James Gorton

I am happily married to Nadine, a person I've known for 20+ years. She and her late husband owned Airpark Auto Service where I took my car for years. Four years after my wife died we began dating and the rest is history. We have a blended family of 6 children between us and love visiting them across this country. We recently had our third grandchild between us. We love to hike, bike and ski. I am a psychologist and do relational life coaching for marriages and families primarily. I love what I do and never get tired of seeing marriages and families move to more healthy places in their lives. Five years ago my oldest daughter Deborah encouraged me to begin writing my thought into a blog I call my Jlog (Jim's log). I have become more and more passionate in connecting everyday experiences to spiritual truths. I hope that as you read my Jlog, you will gain insight into your personal life and experience true growth in your personal and relational life.
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