Sunday, November 18, 2012

A Word to the Wise

I have hitherto led a quiet, peaceable life.  Even now, I bear no burdens too heavy to carry.  The Lord has dealt lightly with me.  I don't always do or say the right thing, and I have occasionally been known to lose composure when I should have reacted with more thought or consideration, but I do try to keep an even keel, a tempered blade, and a level head.
I have been "wronged" by people before.  I've lost loved ones.  I've lost friends.  But, such is life!  The past should not control me, and I do not suffer from any ghosts from my past, nor am I "a victim" of any crime to my dignity.  Behavior, attitude, and passive aggression from others, I know, can negatively impact your emotions.  Even if it is one person on one occasion, it can affect the rest of your life.

Some use past events as excuses for otherwise inexcusable behavior.  They may even be legitimate excuses; I have known people who have been truly harmed by others, and it is not my place to quantify their experience.  What I do know, however, is that no matter what your story, no matter how many stripes are on your back or how many notches are on your gun, you can build off of them.  Learn from them.  Become stronger for them. Come closer to God because of them.  The truest, purest reaction to trouble in this life is to use it as a reason to lean more on His grace.

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."  ~Romans 8:28

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