I was listening to an online speaker this morning. He was talking about health and our bodies and how so many of us deal with one malady or another – but we fail to go before the Lord and accept the gift of the body He has given us! He mentioned that many of us are satisfied with what we’ve got, until we see what someone else has. Whether that is better health, a better marriage or whatever – when we take our eyes off the path that God has us on – that is when we grow dissatisfied.
This is so true in so many areas of our lives. We all go through things in life. No one gets out of this world without enduring something or another. For everyone, that challenge could be different. For some of us, it is health issues – whether cancer, constant allergies, battles with depression, kidney stones, eye problems, weight issues, arthritis, heart problems, diabetes, or recurring infections. For others, it could be dealing with critical family members, a broken family due to divorce, sexual addictions, anger, a low self esteem, strong willed children, prodigal children, financial problems, or any number of addictions, persecutions, emotional issues, or spiritual battles.
The constant struggle of dealing with whatever issue we have been dealt – can be draining and wearing. We can “rail” against God and ask Him, ‘Why me?”
We’ve all done it. We’ve all felt it. We could also just accept it.
Accepting the hurtful, HARD stuff in our lives is not an easy thing to do. If we accept it, we are aknowledging that whatever we are dealing with may always be in our lives. And most of us just don’t like that option – do we?
But we could look at the flip side of accepting what life has dealt us. Maybe – just maybe – God will use it to chisel the bad stuff out of us and mold and shape us to be more like Him. Maybe what we go through will be used to bring others to His kingdom.
If we can ask God to help us adjust our attitudes to what we are experiencing, I think we will find our outlook (and possibly our situation, as a result) will improve.
There are no mistakes. Do you believe that? That what happens in your life is not by happenstance? God allows certain things to happen in our lives for a reason – just as Satan hits us in our lives in certain areas for a reason. It’s time we start accepting where we are at so that we can move forward. It’s time that we get on our knees before God, being honest with him about the pain this certain area or struggle has brought to our heart and life… so that we can then, humbly ask Him to give us the strength and courage to deal with it in a way that will bring glory to Him.
There are so many hurting people out there. People are struggling with so many different things and are remaining victims of those hurdles in their lives. But we can praise God knowing that He is sovereign and all -knowing and that He WILL bring all things together for good if we serve Him and remain faithful to Him. If our life remains a life filled with issues, and struggles – so be it! Our attitude and acceptance of it, can dramatically transform how we feel about our obstacle or battle, as we go through it. Thus, possibly easing the weight or burden of it on our lives.
God loves you and I. He hears our cries and sees our tears. Yet He also seeks our trust. Let’s give it to Him as we seek His guidance to help us learn to accept what we’ve been given, and where we are. Let’s lean on Him for our courage and strength as we strive to move beyond it – never letting it overcome who we are meant to be in Him.
Dionna Sanchez is a freelance writer, blogger, and Founder of Emphasis On Moms. Visit her profile page at http://dionnasanchez.blogspot.com