Monday, June 13, 2011

It's Not Impossible.

Today, as I was reading through a devotional, I was once again reminded of the waves of emotion that ebb and flow through my days. I thought about the way my thoughts must constantly be channeled and directed so as to leave me some control of my outward appearance.

And,  I remembered the words that King David spoke to his son about  destiny:
"Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house as the sanctuary. Be strong and do the work. [d]o not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the LORD is finished" (1 Chron. 28:10, 20(b)). 

And I know that the path God has set me on has not been completed. So I (like Solomon) have to remain strong and do the work I have been called to. There are more orphans out there than the one I am pursuing. They ALL deserve families. They ALL need an advocate. So, it is important critical that I not get discouraged or afraid. Because at the end of the day, I haven't finished all of MY work for the service of the temple of the Lord, yet. And I know He's not finished just because I'm tired. Life is challenging. But it's NOT impossible. If you allow yourself to be washed away with every wave of emotion, you end up far more tired and weak than if you simply stood firm until the wave was over. I am learning to stand up and firmly wait out the waves. It might destroy some sand castles but I am a child of God. It won't destroy me.

Charles Swindoll may have summed it up better than anything I could compose:

I suggest there are three words which adequately and accurately describe the present. They do not contradict either of the lessons we've learned on the peaks of Mt. Perspective. Nor do they require rose-colored glasses. Neither do they agree with the futile meanderings of modern philosophy. Looking to the present, we discover: LIFE IS CHALLENGING. Because it is short, every moment wells up challenging possibilities. Because it is uncertain, it's filled with challenging adjustments. Could this be what Jesus referred to when He promised an abundant life? Abundant with challenges, brimming with possibilities, spilling over with opportunities to adapt, shift, alter, and change. This is the perspective that keeps people young. It is also the path that leads to optimism and motivation.

Every new dawn, before you awaken, life makes a delivery to your front door, rings the doorbell, and runs! Each package is cleverly wrapped. Put together they comprise a series of challenging opportunities brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems. They are wrapped in paper with big print. One package reads: "Watch out ---better worry about this!!" Another: "DANGER: This will bring fear!". And another: "Impossible! You'll never handle this one!"

When you hear the ring in the morning, try something new.

Have Jesus Christ answer the door for you.

“And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind.  For all these things the nations of the world seek after, and your Father knows that you need these things.  But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you".(Luke 12:29-31)


Anonymous said...

Mt. Perspective, I like that! Some days I'm just way too tired to make that hike.

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