The transformation can be easy or hard...
Our lives can be lived with the eyes of the world or through the eyes that God gave us. And, every day our vision gets better, because as we get to know Him our perspective about our life here changes. We transform.
We cannot be bystanders in this life. We cannot allow life to happen to us, that's when it is hard. We must allow God to move. That is done by putting all of our trust in Him. Not because we have to, because He desires us to.
"But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him." ~Jeremiah 17:7 (NIV)
Webster's Dictionary has 58 definitions for hard, that shows me that the word "hard" is quite flexible, unlike the definition we read. Hard #6: involving a great deal of effort, energy, or persistence: hard labor; hard study. #7: performing or carrying on work with great effort, energy, or persistence: a hard worker. #8: vigorous or violent in force; severe: a hard rain; a hard fall. We are in a battle, battles take a great deal of effort, but again, who is in control? Am I confronting my life or submitting it?
I can choose another word for hard, like exciting, revealing, interesting, fascinating, etc. OR I can change my definition to hard - I will choose other words - I must always REMEMBER, all of my words are words of testimony to whoever hears them. My life, and how I live my life is an example. Is it an example or a warning? What sounds better? "My life is so hard." or "My life is revealing."
There is the saying, 'pain of regret, or pain from change'; the latter is the easier (but never easy) -
I remember my days, when I was dealing with the same things I am dealing with now (health, family, job, issues in general, daily life), and, I can tell you my life use to be hard and very cyclical. For me the going to a mighty God, laying every single thing before Him is easy.
Matthew 11:29 (NIV) "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
He is there to take on what we cannot - that is great assurance and peace of mind. Peace of mind says it all. How can anything be hard with peace of mind and an assurance of my future?
Ecclesiastes 8:15 (CEV) "So I think we should get as much out of life as we possibly can. There is nothing better than to enjoy our food and drink and to have a good time. Then we can make it through this troublesome life that God has given us here on earth."
He promises that our life here will not be easy, and at the same time commands us to "enjoy life", we cannot have joy when we dwell in the hard. Living life with attitude for me, is living life with a good attitude, and the only reason I can do that is because I know this life is my "temporary" life, and although I am in the present, and living it, I do know there is something amazing and more than I can ever imagine waiting. The reward is not in this life but the next.
I choose to recognize my circumstances, but live for the reward. Our circumstances are what they are, we can complain our way through life and dwell on "life is so hard", or run with life is an adventure, and yes, I will go through much, but I will never go through anything without the protection, provision and presence of my creator.
Greetings and welcome to my life, at least tid-bits of it. My name is Shawn Delia Boreta, and I am honored that you have decided to read some of my story. My life is average and ordinary, by most accounts. And, yes, I want more and every day I get a little bit better in striving. My journey in writing these words is both self healing and self expressive.
I believe that everyone has their own voice, a voice that sometimes others need to hear or a vision that must be shared or words that just need to be put down for one's own accomplishment. If these words are only read by three sets of eyes, then my mission is accomplished.
© 2012 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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