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Topic: Joy (05/18/06)
TITLE: The Sun Shines On The Just As Well As The Unjust
By Kimberly Jones
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You know the old adage “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” it finally hit me what it means. What grandparents, friends, family members, or acquaintances meant by that statement. Faced with a bag of lemons right now I might not have a job next year I have one of two choices: 1.) I can sit by whining, kicking, screaming and wallowing in self pity throwing a pity party, or 2.) I can stand up straight, with head held high, mouth poised and praising God. Knowing that he will do what He does best and that is provide what I need.
I became so comfortable in knowing that I had a job to go to, a paycheck would be coming at the end of the month, or I would be able to help out in the financial aspect of providing for my family I never thought about what I would do if that was not the case. Now I have to look that reality square in the face and say “Here I stand at this crossroad, now what do I do?” Don’t think that I was not devastated or hurt because I was. I started to think what am I going to do? How am I going to take care of my family?
I have to come to the reality that I am not just a teacher; before I was born God gave me the ability to write and a teacher in junior high helped bring that ability to the surface so that I would not head down the wrong path.
See I thought that the ability that I had to write was just so I could feel good when life seemed empty or meaningless, not realizing and seeing that what makes me relax and focus is what God wants to use to help others relax and find their focus. God has said “the tome has come to venture out of your comfort zone and share this talent and gift” I have to now accept that God has said, “This is the path to go down, the time to draw on those strengths, talents and gifts that I placed in you is here. I never wanted you to be comfortable teaching and depending on that once a month paycheck. That was just a stepping stone to a greater purpose and plan. That was my place of preparation for you.”
Joy that flowed freely now takes work and you are wondering what went wrong. Others around us are having the time of their lives and we are flopping around like a fish out of water. Right now life is in a downward spin and all seems lost it has no meaning and those around you don’t see the collision course you are headed down or you don’t want them to see the course you are headed down so you shut down, shutting them out so that you won’t hurt anymore.
What happens is our flesh; selfish nature and Satan come in and steal a joy that is not theirs. They did not give it to us and that means they do not have the right to take what is not theirs. But on the other hand we do not have the right to give it away either. Yet, we buy into the lie that “this is all I am worth and I don’t deserve anything more.” We allow the devil to have a party on our behalf, when all we have to do is keeping giving God the praise, honor and glory that is His.
Life has not given us anything that we have not opened ourselves up to most times, or that our Heavenly Father does not already know we can bear, and that this is not going to break us or destroy us unless we let it. See our flesh and selfish nature cannot fathom the joy we have so they wander around aimlessly searching for what will the void in us and the devil knows that if we ever find out the joy we have he is in trouble.
The ball is in our court and we have to decide do we lay down and die? Or get up and keep pressing into the presence of our Heavenly Father? Survival depends upon our attitude and outlook. Life cannot defeat us unless we say “I give up!” Joy can only elude us if we let it.
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