Monday, April 9, 2108 – 00:58
Heavenly Father, Creator of all things, including me. Thank You for this day, full of opportunities for both blessings and lessons. It would be nice if the education didn’t have to be painful or disappointing – but perhaps that’s all in the attitude I choose to have towards it.
I know I’ve been down for a while now on attempting to make progress because I’m not liking Your discipline.
But actually, I was recently reading (in Mindset) that it’s the non-successes in life, not the godsends, that provide the real chances to grow. Of course, that would be true only when something was different on the next attempt. After all, repeating the exact same actions and expecting different results is pointless, right?
In recovery-land, we call that insanity, and we addicts/obsessives-compulsives are all very good at it. Yet, that’s where I am right now.
Psalm 39 GW
4 “Teach me, O Lord, about the end of my life.
Teach me about the number of days I have left
so that I may know how temporary my life is.
If contrary experiences all have one thing in common, it’s that they are the events that make life un-boring. We appreciate the good stuff more when we don’t want to avoid all the less-good. We love the sunshine more because of the rain. The joy of daylight more because of our inherent fear of the dark.
It’s kind of like seeing the negatives positively as an unexpected but very welcome part of living – as the surprises. That lets us view them as (almost) pleasant things (because we recognize what they represent: a chance to really build character.)
Romans 5 GW
…We know that suffering creates endurance, 4 endurance creates character, and character creates confidence.
Otherwise, we’re just checked out. We’re just existing, killing off time until the classroom bell rings.
That’s what I’m doing. (I’m just not doing.) I know I’m spending way too much time playing King’s Road (a video game) on Facebook. It’s just virtual success that’s satisfying me.
God, motivate me to take a chance again on Your purpose. You have promised that Your plan for me is to give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11), but I’ve been taking it easy.
I know we need some rest and recreation to be healthy, but I can so easily get too focused on play in place of work. I have done so more often than not throughout my life.
Grant me not just courage, but excitement in living again.
In Christ’s life-saving, life-changing, life-giving, life-fulfilling name, AMEN