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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Honesty: An Obscure Point

Life, honestly faced, is too much for people to bear.
So we blame, make excuse and make life tolerable for ourselves in the face of a dishonest evaluation of what we have made life.
This is why many believe that Christianity, like all religions, performs the function of a crutch, a narcotic or an anesthetic.

We really are without excuse, although that is easy to say when I live in a land of abundance with every convenience and necessity provided. Opportunities that exist here are beyond the comphrehension of the greater majority of the world's population. Nevertheless, it is relative, given mine and others of this society's current life-style we still lament for our lives, we find areas of concern that we are unhappy with, we bewail situation and circumstance, never conceding to thought and attitude that brings glory to God for the blessings He has given. The proverbial 'attitude of gratitude'.

“Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life; not so much by what happens to you as by the way your mind looks at what happens." Kahlil Gibran

There are many that would benefit from considering where life could have taken them if by chance they were born in another country, to a different family, or in another community. Most would consider the option of How much better life could be? What if ...?

However, these questions do nothing to resolve the current discontent? dishonesty?

1 Corithians 15:10 "But by the grace of God I am what I am,..." I have often misapplied this quote to life because I see in this verse the wisdom of acknowledging God as the purveyor and beneficent Author of life.
Whatever state I am in, I can rest assured that this place is the best place for me to be.

“Success is to be measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life... as by the obstacles which he has overcome while trying to succeed.” Booker T. Washington

In order to evaluate and examine our life we must have a standard by which to measure. Most often, we borrow a standard from the society around us or measure by the success or failure of our nearest neighbour. In honesty the assessment on these criteria will either diminish or exagerate the appraisal. It will not create an honest assessmnet. They really have no bearing on the value or quality of your life, they merely distort the context in which you are living your life and isolate you from your inherent worth.

“Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.” John W. Gardner

"Therefore strenghthen the hands that hang down, and the feeble knees, and make striaght paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated (turned out of the way), but rather be healed."
We have an easel or canvas in front of us, God painting the colours, but, we must draw the lines, we envision and sketch our life. We have been given in the backdrop and background of God's omnipotent and omniscient provision opportunity to draw upon wisdom to outline our lives and live in fullness. No, the pictures and memories can not be erased, but God provides new colours, new backdrops, new visions, new canvasses and easels to work with and we can draw new pictures without past failures and with renewed successes in mind.

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." Sir Winston Churchill

Success and failure are man's measure. Men measure in terms of the quantifiable, the aggregate, God looks upon the heart. When men define their life based on wealth, education, tenure, or social status then any assault upon those symbols of success will in effect depersonalize the man.
"The lasting measure of a man is not what society thinks of him but what his actions teach him that he is. We forge our own destinies, take our own measures, and cannot face hardships or seek the meaning of life without by degrees becoming whatever we expect to find."

What matters is to turn predicament into achievement, to find meaning in adversity, to find purpose in pain and to transcend life by faith.

“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination." Don Williams Jr.

“God allows us to experience the low points of life in order to teach us lessons we could not learn in any other way. The way we learn those lessons is not to deny the feelings but to find the meanings underlying them." Stanley Lindquist

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own. No apologies or excuses. No one to lean on, rely on, or blame. The gift is yours - it is an amazing journey - and you alone are responsible for the quality of it. This is the day your life really begins." Bob Moawad

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