Quote: "If you want a simpler life, you must learn to develop a more trusting life!" - Joyce Meyer
Several years ago I was traveling on a commuter express jet with some colleagues to visit the corporate headquarters of one of our company's corporate business partners when all of a sudden our plane encountered some very turbulent weather. In a matter of seconds the plane dropped about a thousand feet and then began to violently shake, rattle, and toss around in every forward direction. Our drinks flew into the air, people began crying, praying, and thinking that we were going to die in a fiery crash. After about five minutes of magnificent maneuvering through the troubled weather, the pilot was fortunately able to regain a normal and steady flight pattern. Relieved that we were going to be fine, one of my colleagues turned to a young boy around twelve years of age whom was traveling alone and had been in the bathroom during the mayhem and said, "Boy, I bet this is the worst plane ride you've ever been on, huh?" The young boy looked at him somewhat bewildered and responded, "No man, this is the coolest plane ride I've ever been on...I was in the bathroom and flew up so high that my head hit the ceiling" ☺ So I guess the moral of this true story is that life is not that much about what you experience, but rather how you simply view and respond to what you experience!
Why is it that different people can experience the same exact bitter lemons of life, but yet some find a way to turn them into a sweet taste of lemonade while others can only taste the bitterness of lemons? What's the difference? Personally, I have found the difference to be in the ability to trust that God is good and that He is in complete control of everything in our lives. In Romans 8:28, the Bible states, "And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." If we really believe this promise from God, then no matter what, we can find peace knowing that God has us in the palm of His hands and will not allow us to suffer any circumstance that He cannot turn for our good. In fact, Matthew 10:29-31 states, "Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows."
When we learn to trust God to take care of us the same way that He takes care of the sparrows, we will begin to live a more peaceful and simplified life with an eager expectation of what God will do for us and through us each new day. The apostle Peter writes in 1 Peter 5:7 of the New Living Translation, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you." Imagine that the Maker of the Universe cares so much about you and I that He invites us to cast our burdens on Him. If we actually learn to do this, there is no reason that we should not wake up each morning saying, "Good morning, Lord!" rather than barely rolling out the bed with a groan and a moan, saying, "Oh Lord, it's morning!" With a spirit of wisdom and faith, let us trust Jehovah Jireh, the Lord our Provider, for He cares for us and will never fail us!
The Make It Happen People Value: "Make It Happen" People Possess A Positive Attitude!
Have a blessed "Make It Happen" day!
Written by Gary J. Borgstede
President and Founder of The Make It Happen Learning Institute - Reaching People, Unleashing The Extraordinary! ® www.makeithappenbooks.com
Edited by The Make It Happen Moment ® Editorial Team
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Gary J. Borgstede is the published author of the leadership books titled, The Make It Happen Journey and Kings Come Forth, as well as the faith-based leadership education blog at www.makeithappenmoment.com.
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