Sometimes people come into your life and you know right away that they were meant to be there . . . to serve some sort of purpose, teach you a lesson, or help figure out who you are or who you want to become. You never know who these people may be, but when you lock eyes with them, you know that very instant that they will affect your life in some profound way.
And sometimes things happen to you, at which time may seem horrible, painful and unfair, but in reflection, you realize that without overcoming those obstacles, you would never realize your potential, strength, will power, or heart.
Everything happens for a reason. Nothing happens by chance or by means of luck. Illness, love, lost moments of true greatness, and sheer stupidity, all occur to test limits of our soul.
Without these small tests, life would be like a smoothly paved, straight flat road to nowhere safe or comfortable, but rather dull and utterly pointless.
People you meet affect your life. The successes and downfalls that you experience can create whom you are, and the bad experiences can be learned from. In fact, they are probably the most poignant and important ones.
If someone hurts you, betrays you, or breaks your heart, forgive them, because they have helped you learn about trust and the importance of being cautious to whom you open your heart.
If someone loves you, love them back unconditionally, not because they love you, but also because they are teaching you to love and open your heart and eyes to little things. Make every day count. Appreciate everything that you possibly can, for you may never experience it again.
Talk to people and actually listen when they talk to you. Believe in yourself, as God entrusts care to you, and go out and live a life which would be pleasing to Him.
Whatever it is you do, don't take your eyes off Jesus,
or all you will see is obstacles before you.
The Next Best Thing to Do
"For every one that asketh receiveth."
There's nothing more difficult than to ask. We'll long and desire and crave and suffer, but not until we're at the extreme limit will we ask. A sense of unreality makes us ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of moral poverty? "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God . . . but let's be sure that we do lack wisdom. We can't bring yourselves up against Reality when we like. The next best thing to do if we're not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit on the word of Jesus Christ (see Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit's the One Who makes real in us all that Jesus did for us.
"For every one that asketh receiveth." This doesn't mean we won't get if we don't ask (cf. Matt. 5:45), but until we get to the point of asking we won't receive from God. To receive means we have come into the relationship of a child of God, and now we perceive with intelligent and moral appreciation and spiritual understanding that these things come from God. "If any of you lack wisdom . . ." If we realize we're lacking, it's because we've come in contact with spiritual reality; let's don't put our reasonable blinkers on again. People say - Preach us the simple gospel: don't tell us we have to be holy, because that produces a sense of abject poverty, and it's not nice to feel abjectly poor. "Ask" means beg. Some people are poor enough to be interested in their poverty, and some of us are like that spiritually. We'll never receive if we ask with an end in view; if we ask, not out of our poverty but out of our lust. A pauper doesn't ask from any other reason than the abject panging condition of his poverty, he's not ashamed to beg---Blessed are the paupers in spirit. _______________________________________________
"If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them."
If we don't "cut the moorings", God'll have to break them by a storm and send us out. Let's launch all on God, lets's go out on the great swelling tide of His purpose, and we'll get our eyes open. If we believe in Jesus, we're not to spend all our time in the smooth waters just inside the harbour bar, full of delight, but always moored; we have to get out through the harbour bar into the great deeps of God and begin to know for ourselves, begin to have spiritual discernment.
When we know we should do a thing, and do it, immediately we know more. Let's revise where we've become stodgy spiritually, and we'll find it goes back to a point where there was something we knew we should do, but we didn't do it because there seemed no immediate call to, and now we've no perception, no discernment; at a time of crisis we're spiritually distracted instead of spiritually self-possessed. It's a dangerous thing to refuse to go on knowing. The counterfeit of obedience is a state of mind in which we work up occasions to sacrifice ourselves; ardour is mistaken for discernment. It's easier to sacrifice ourselves than to fulfill our spiritual destiny, which is stated in Romans 12:1-2. It's a great deal better to fulfill the purpose of God in our life by discerning His will than to perform great acts of self-sacrifice. "To obey is better than sacrifice." Let's beware of harking back to what we were once when God wants us to be something we've never been. "If any man will do . . . he shall know."