Tuesday, November 1, 2016

It's a hard knock life

“Life is difficult.” So begins the bestseller, The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck. Once the teen years slip behind us, the reality that life doesn’t always go the way we anticipated becomes increasingly clearer.

My ideal was to grow up, marry once, get rich, have a wonderful life. I am enjoying a good life with a wonderful family, but the path has been bumpy. There were some big potholes. Once the pain of each fresh tragedy has dissipated with time and prayer I’ve learned to say,“So what?”

So what if from time to time my life has been sideswiped by someone else’s hurtful choices or my own willful detours? Who hasn’t suffered, or caused suffering? The bigger truth is that life is not one dimensional. On the flip side of sorrow, loss, and failure there is joy, success, and fulfillment.

All that comes into my life is a gift from God. The negatives teach me how to better appreciate the positives.

The Psalmist puts it like this: “You have allowed me to suffer much hardship, but you will restore me to life again and lift me up from the depths of the earth” (Psalm 71:20, NLT).

Kind of like new growth in a burned out forest. It all comes back eventually.

The bottom-line is, even when life hurts, God is always good.

How have you handled the hard knocks of life? Do you continue to carry the pain of the past or do you look forward toward a better tomorrow? Share your thoughts in the comments!

NOTE: For the past and for the next several weeks, Tuesday’s post will be a brief two-minute devotional. Think, “Tuesday Two-Minute Devotional” or “Two-Minute Tuesdays or something  along those lines. ;-)

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