”I want my sons to aspire to be men who give until it hurts, and whistle the while. I want them to lean into sacrifice with unconquerable laughter in their hearts.” – Joe Rigney
When we were young, our parents taught us what’s right from wrong. In fact, they kept repeating it for and to us. If we don’t make the right things, do you remember what you’d get? Well, your memory is yours. But general knowledge tells us, they make the necessary corrections. And we can all agree, the right things to do are always the difficult ones.
And for that, I’m thankful.
I’m the type of person who easily gets bored. It’s important for me to keep learning. And that’s exactly the reason why I love doing the right things in life. The wrong ones are so easily done and so boring. You go to a dark corner and do all the wrong deed you can think of and that’s it! You’re done after that. The wrong things are so easy and yet their consequences are so severe. But when you do the right things, it takes a while. And it takes a lot of adjustments, sacrifices. But then the great thing about it, the rewards are more than spectacular. Always.
Every time I encounter something strange in life – and we all have those, strange encounters – I made it my habit to know and understand how to do it. And how to do it right. There are so many ways to do something. Yes, that’s creativity! But notice there’s always just one right way to do something. Especially, if you’re a Christian. Jesus is the only way. You want to follow his ways because they are perfect, good and glorifying the Father. Did I mention difficult? No, I said perfect. We understand difficult doesn’t come close to perfect.
And that’s what I’m always interested in. I’ve made it my choice to know the right way – no matter how difficult it maybe. I’m grateful that God is such an excellent teacher! So if you’re like me who wants to keep learning, He always has extra “tricks” for people like us.
All throughout history, these great movies and those amazing Bible stories, we find great people who seem to be asking these two questions in their lifetime. Again, because like you and me, they want to constantly learn. Well, at least I think these were their questions too.
Why am I in the place where I don’t want to be?
Why does God trust me so much?
Had a great teacher – Mam Cathy – back in high school. God is so gracious He’s given us the opportunity to become friends with her – my closest friends and I. Every conversation with her is so full of wisdom and laughter. I love people who don’t take life too seriously. Well, I guess we’re all drawn to people who can laugh at danger and smirk at every kind of threat the world gives. She gave us some beautiful words to live by as answers to these two questions.
According to her when you find yourself in a place you never wanted to be, be patient. God is writing a good story. Be prepared because He’s going to reveal Himself. He wants you to get to know Him more. And He’s going to use you for others to know Him more too.
It’s important to keep in mind that God wants you to know Him personally and not just through the stories of others. You can keep writing beautifully about how others are learning and make it appear like they are your own lessons but He knows better. And He’s not gonna give up on you.
When there’s pain, hurt, confusion, understand that’s the place where faith resides. Make the choice to get to know Him more. He trusts you to make that choice of knowing Him more. And He won’t worry about you making a different choice. I really can’t believe He can trust us that much. But He does.
God trusts us so much because He knows we will overcome. We have overcome. Because of what Jesus Christ did at the cross of calvary, we will overcome.
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. – Romans 8:37 (NIV)