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Topic: Gifts (of the Spirit or service) (11/22/07)
TITLE: GIFTS DON'T COME CHEAP (PART 1)
By Gwen McCoy
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At the age of 6 I lost my mother to breast cancer. Four years later I lost my father to heart disease. I was just 10. I was so young and had to learn at an early age how to deal with tragedy. Here I was at 10 all alone (even though I had an older sibling who was 18 at the time). I went to live with my uncle and aunt who didnít have any children, so while I wasnít physically alone, in my heart I felt all alone. After having gone through junior high and finally graduating high school I was able to attend college at a major university. I ended up getting married at 24. My first real life challenge came when I adopted my husbandís 6-year old daughter. When I met her she was living with her paternal grandmother. I later discovered that her mother was not a part of her life. This wonderful little girl loved her daddy and didnít take well to the love connection made by her dad and I. Little did I know that we would go through years of counseling, worries about a run-away teen girl, and sleepless nights as a young married couple. Even though I attempted to reach her she was determined to be rebellious and the pain of rejection in her life became a stronghold. Not the happily ever after I thought, but I loved my husband and vowed to remain. She has now abandoned her daughter and 15 years later I am raising her also. My granddaughter, who is now 7, exhibits symptoms of ADD and has had difficulty in her coping with school and has emotional outbursts.
The question often arises in my mindÖ was this in Godís will for me? To go through tragedy and difficulty is one thing, but to have even greater obstacles and have to endure difficulty consistently is another thing altogether. However, unlike the 5th grade question/answer dilemma it appears that time and experience have a way of becoming an instructor in the school of life, led by Grace. You see I now understand it now when the Word of God says, ďFor whosever will save HIS life shall lose it, but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospelís shall save it.Ē (Mark 8:35 KJV) I have come to learn that the life that I have been given IS a gift. The Holy Spirit has changed my perspective of my lifeís contributions. God allowed my tragedies to be a channel through which His mercy flows. He gave me the opportunity not only once but twice to make a difference in the life of someone else. We are not promised that things in life will be easy, but Jesus does promise us that He will be with us in the midst of every trial. I can look back and tell you that God has been a comforter, a healer, a friend, and a confidant. He IS my Rock! The word of God also says ďÖto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required (Luke 12:48 KJV). Your life is a gift! Every victory and yes even every difficult place are all ďworking together for your goodĒ (Rom 8:28 KJV). Heís transforming you into His image. Allow the Marvelous work of Grace to change your life. I did! By the way I still may not be smarter than a 5th grader, but Iíve got much more Wisdom!
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