I've spent the last (very exhausting) two weeks finding silver linings and reminding my child of them. It's so easy to get caught up in our own stuff and lose perspective, especially in the teen years (though the struggle continues through adulthood).
We so easily become self-focused, self-pitying crybabies wallowing in our own self-hatred. It can consume us. In the midst of our own selfishness, we forget that things could always be worse. We think situations aren't fair or that we deserve an easier life, all the while losing global perspective on what people are enduring every single day.
We forget to see the positives of our own situation – to have an attitude of gratitude for all that we have. But, most importantly, we lose sight of the fact that we exist for one solitary purpose, to bring Glory to God. And I don't know about you, but it is always so much more impactful to me to see someone praising God in the midst of their pain than in the midst of their surplus.
Perhaps that is why we have storm clouds – to force us towards Christ – and in doing so, to bring Him more glory than we possibly could in the midst of our blessings. Plus, aren't the sunny days that much nicer after a season of storms?