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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Think About It

To You or For You?

Each one of us has had things happen in our lives that we would have liked to have skipped. Be it today or our past, bad things happen. None are immune, as trouble comes to both the just and the unjust, (Mt 5:45). The question isn’t so much about what happens but rather what we do with what happens.

As a child, I grew up in some pretty bad stuff. In my early adult years I was quite angry and much of that anger was because of the events that I had experience. I was angry with everyone including God, for in my mind, he let it happen. If space permitted I could expound on this in greater detail, but here’s the end result of my battle with God. At one point I felt him say that what Satan had designed for my destruction, he had designed for my good. It was at this point that I started to look at what had happened to me from a different perspective. The question that I was left with was, did the events of my life happen to me or for me? Please understand, I do not believe that God planned for the bad to happen. But what I do believe is that he planned a path out of the bad that would be good and that I would walk away with more benefits than deficits. A verse that describes this action the best is Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.”

My point here is very simple. We all have events that happen in our lives. Some are good, some our bad. Our view of these events shapes our lives either for the good, or for the negative. As a child and young adult I saw things through the eyes of a victim. Although I understand that today I was a victim of those events, I have chosen to use what happened as a springboard for something better. It’s about choice and we all have the capability of making good ones or bad ones. When we are stuck in the moment, all we can see is the problem. But if we can see beyond the moment and into the possibilities of beyond, we have the opportunity to see a different outcome. If today you’re struggling with a hurt of the past perhaps it’s time to look at it in a different light. Think about it.



Anonymous said...

Very well said. One chooses how to look at their life's events. It always comes down to a choice.

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Anonymous said...

Remember God forgives all things and all things are made possible after this forgiveness. Take all the hurt and anger you once indured ,and turn it into kindness andlove for your fellow man. A lot of us growing up in the 40's ,had a similiar life style. Once God has entered our lives ,we soon change as long as we follow him and live in his ways. I agree with all said. Enough said DJC

~MJI~ said...

I agree with it but it is not necessarily easy and I commend you for sharing your experience. It is very hard not to think like a victim but it is a choice. I still watch my back from some abuses not from home but from other situations.