Thursday, July 25, 2002

Psalms 3:1

"Lord, how are they increased that trouble me! many are they that rise up against me."
Psalms 3:1

It is easy to start thinking that the world is out to get you, or that bad things happen in our lives because God is displeased with us or something... but you know, bad things happened even to the very very good in the scriptures.  Bad things happen to everyone.... it's part of learning, growing, and becoming who we can be in this life.  Daniel got thrown into a den of lions... Jonah got swallowed by a big fish and lived inside it for three days... Job lost everything he had, including his family.  If those men had given up when things got bad, there would be no story there... just as we slam the book on our own stories when we give up on the future.  Bad things happen, and they change us... and who we change into can either be better or worse.  It's only by our own choices that that happens... not by the events that occur.  When our hearts get broken or our lives fall apart around us (or both), it hurts, and it is an extremely unpleasant experience... but we can't change it by wishing it away.  And it only makes the pain worse to sit there and re-live it. :)  Eventually, after a grieving period, we have to let it go.  The present calls to us with new opportunities, new visions, and potential beauty. :)  Let's go for it, no matter what is threatening to impede our vision. :)

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