Thursday, December 11, 2008

Unmet Needs--Part I

Who among us has not experienced the pendulum of "feast or famine"? Life is like that, isn't it? We can bemoan life's rollercoaster experience, or we can choose to view it as the "spice of life"...a break from the sameness of monotony.

Hey---life can be an adventure or it can be a fearful thing. It's our choice.

What?!! How can we choose what life dishes out to us, you ask! We can't....but we can choose what our outlook is. Like someone famous once said [well....they probably were famous; the saying is. I just don't know who said it first-- ;-) ], "If life gives you lemons, then make lemonade!"

You know, that's good advice. We can choose to be happy within whatever circumstances we find ourselves, or we can choose to sulk and be miserable, and make everyone around us miserable, too. If we consider others---which is what the L-rd would have us to do---we know that there is always someone else who has it worse off than we do, and would gladly trade places!

Paul was so wise. He was horribly beaten numerous times, shipwrecked, imprisoned, destitute, sick unto death, yet he chose to count it all joy, and to be content in whatever state he was in. His circumstances did not dictate his outlook or his attitude. He knew his life was secure in the L-rd. This earthly life, with all its ups and downs, is just temporary; we have something incredible to look forward to---"a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

II Cor. 4:17---"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory."

Next time we feel downhearted and discouraged because we see the glass half empty instead of half full, we need to adjust our focus. The enemy would have us hone in on what we lack instead of all our blessings.

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