28/10: If Only
Maybe its my age, or maybe it is just knowing that God has seen me through every situation, good and bad, the 'if onlys' don't come to visit much anymore. As my daughter would say, "I"m feeling at home in my own skin." That is 'today's' hip way of saying, Life is Good.
We are approaching the most important election of our time and the results will cause major shifts in our lifestyle, and yet I'm not anxious, because I know the way this life ends.
You will live in constant suspense, filled with dread both night and day, never sure of your life. In the morning you will say, "If only it were evening!" and in the evening, "If only it were morning!"--because of the terror that will fill your hearts and the sights that your eyes will see.
Today, I choose NOT to live in dread or to say, "If only I can survive this turmoil. If only it were later or earlier, or colder or hotter, or drier or wetter, or morning or night. If only we had strong candidates that spoke the truth."
When I owned a salon it always amazed me how women with curly hair would come to have it straightened. Those with straight hair would require perms. Brown would want blonde, blonde would want red, short would want long, long would want short. No one was ever 'happy' with what they had. There was no contentment.
No, today I will reflect on the countless blessings that God has already poured out on my life. And know that He will carry me through whatever comes.
Philippians 4: 11-13
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.
I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
We have the ability to choose each day how we will live it, how we react to situations, how we shine or hide.
What is your choice?