What if you could somehow fast forward to the end of life, and look back? What would be the single greatest moment?
Life's greatest moments may not have much to do with accomplishments, promotions, and goals met. But it may have more to do with relationships, kind words, generous actions, and acts of grace.
I doubt the single greatest moment of life would be lived in the 'comfort zone'. Very possibly it could be at a point of significant trial; a weak and vulnerable time. And in that moment, you reach deep inside to find a strength previously unknown. I believe this is what is referred to as a walk of faith.
Now rewind to the present; with that view of destiny in mind, how different would the decisions of today be? Walking with a sense of destiny may cause us to rise and make the most of every circumstance and relationship.
The Holidays are here. So many wonderful moments to share and hugs to embrace. But for many there are tears amidst the smile. The holidays can be a complex and difficult time; memories of happier times perhaps. Cherished moments held close. And in doing so we are reminded of a loneliness within. Sometimes it is felt in the midst of many, and sometimes most painfully felt in the night season.
This human journey is made richer, warmer, and fuller by a smile, a note, or kind word. May we make it our goal to give a gift of friendship to a lonely heart this season. Perhaps make time in your schedule to share a meal, bake a cake and have a cuppa with one you have not seen in awhile.
Consider sharing your idea of how to light a lite in someones heart. Your inspiration may ignite another. Comments welcome!
Dear God, help me to accept changes in my life. Give me the wisdom to know what, and how to let go of issues. Thank you that you never leave or forsake me. Amen.
Have you ever noticed sometimes consolation and comfort of friends and churches have a shallow ring to it? Like prepackaged food, it meets the requirements of the packaging; it just doesn’t taste very good, or hold much nutrition.
Empty platitudes applied to a conversation, but without empathy and experience to back it up. Advice borrowed, but not owned.
So maybe we do not do so well at addressing how to respond to the failures, setbacks and disappointments. In real terms, we do not do well explaining (perceived) unanswered prayer. Even uttering those words seems to somehow violate our theology. But let’s face it, some of the things we pray for simply do not materialize.
So, does this represent a failure of prayer, or a flaw in the prayer itself. That may be a question best left to theologians, however I think their perspective can be murky at times. Either way, I believe, there are many Christians trying to hide their disappointments about failed prayers. My intent is not to address the theology of prayer, but rather to speak to those who are trying to figure out how to move on in life after major setbacks.
Think of a river; regardless of what happens in its waters, or on the surface, the river continues its flow. Day in, day out, always moving, and always in the same direction, year after year, decade after decade. Think of your life like a raft on that river. Most of the time its upright and everybody is happily going to a destination, enjoying the sun and the serenity of the moment. But before you know it, the pace of the water flow picks up, and suddenly you are in the midst of rapids. White water spilling into the raft, almost instantly clothes are as wet as the water itself. Knuckles white, heart beating as fast as the flow of the water itself, senses on full alert, but absolutely distracted from anything else beyond the moment. In the ebb and flow of life moments spring upon us, events happen and life changes.
The book, ‘On The Other Side Of Disappointment’ is an honest look at Scripture with real world application. Crisis has a secondary effect of making you feel you are the only one experiencing the pain of the moment. The paradox is we want companionship, yet we try to hide our pain. I want you to know in darkness of your isolation, you are less alone than you think. So let’s make this journey together. Leave your comments below.