In Others’ Words: Taking the World as We Find It
Run across any thorns lately?
- Did you hear a no when you were so, so hoping for a yes?
- Did a family member or a friend disappoint you — or did you disappoint yourself?
- Were you overlooked for a longed-for recognition or promotion or award?
- Did you argue so badly with a loved one that reconciliation seems impossible?
- Were you accused of something you didn’t do or something you didn’t say?
- Has illness or injury caused you to become someone you don’t recognize?
- Are you grieving the loss of a loved one?
Life thorns, one and all.
And yet, that’s life, isn’t it?
There’s no avoiding disappointments. No life path that doesn’t lead us to heartache … heartbreak … the events in our lives that pain us and push us to the point of “why me, God?”
Maybe these “life thorns” would be easier to bear if we stopped being so surprised by them. If we reminded ourselves that life is hard … and some days, some weeks, some months, some years, are harder than others. The thorns seems to out-number the roses. It’s not about being a pessimist. It’s about being someone who lives real life … thorns and all … and still walks by faith, trusting in the beauty of the roses. No matter the thorniness of today, there were roses before, and there will be the beauty of roses again.
Faith acknowleges the pain of life thorns, even as it searches for the beauty of the rose — even if the beauty is found in a memory.
In Your Words: What’s life like for you right now: roses or thorns? How do you “take the world as you find it, thorns and all”?
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