I DO NOT like winter!!! Add about a hundred more exclamation points and I think I will have conveyed my meaning properly. I am that person who would rather stay huddled up on the couch all day with my ultra-plush blanket (thanks, Becky!) over me than do one bit of activity!
For some reason, the cold has really bothered me this year. I keep dreaming of the tropics; I think I've said multiple times that I really hope the guy I marry lives down south.
But over the last couple of days, I've been analyzing all this. Is it profitable for me to sit around fussing? Does it help anyone to hear me complain for five minutes about how awful it is outside?
In winters past, I know I tried to enjoy the season more. I would play with Tanya and William out in the snow and go sledding. I remember building snow forts and having snowball battles. I enjoyed the luxurious feeling of wrapping my cold hands around a steaming mug of hot chocolate. As a child, winter wasn't a burden as much as it was a fun new season.
So why are winters now so draining?
I've been complaining more than enjoying.
Today I am deciding to stop the vicious cycle. God has placed me in Ohio, and He made winter just like He made summer. I'm going to stop the constant complaining and enjoy the blessings that are around me now. I am reminded of the verse that exhorts us to be content in whatever state we are in. Right now, that "state" is winter. I have a choice, right now, whether to be a joyful Christian or a depressed one.
I'll choose the joy hands down!