Life is good about presenting one circumstance after another. However, I am finding that my mental state of viewing it as an obstacle or an opportunity is what determines my trajectory.
I sometimes feel, “I just have to get through today and it will be better.” And yes, that is true in some cases; however, if I wake up that way for months on end, I have to make that difficult choice – obstacle or opportunity?
I have had some deep conversations with some dear friends these last couple of weeks, and my heart breaks for what they are going through. I can’t provide all the answers, but I can encourage them that there is a God who loves them and wants to see them come to wholeness.
And let’s be honest, some days that sounds great, and others days, not so much. Nonetheless, I am reminded my internal view is what will determine my success over the situation or my plummeting demise.
Purpose Beyond the Pain
There is no cookie-cutter answer for triumph. And if we are totally honest, there are days when Real Life just flat-out sucks! My mind races out of control with overwhelming demands…I don’t want to think. I don’t want to make a decision. My heart is broken. My kids are making decisions that are killing me inside. Hard and heavy burdens can cloud our days, but they don’t get to determine our years.
This quote from Amy Purdy resonates in my soul and one I need to remind myself of daily, “Our lives are not determined by what happens to us, but by how we respond to what happens to us. We can either see our circumstances as a set of random cruelties and then allow those hardships to turn us into bitter victims; or we can recognize the fact that, though we may never comprehend why hard things happen, they do, and when they do, we can reach for a larger purpose beyond the pain.”
Some days it is an opportunity…
Some days it is an obstacle…
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