One of the greatest things
God has ever given me
is the gift of perspective.
And that has often, and only come
through difficult circumstance
and the passage of time.
I can’t say I was grateful in the moment
for the hard time.
But it’s that looking back,
the passage of time
when God allows us to reflect
on the when, and the why,
and the what we learned.
Because hard as we might try to tell someone
not to worry about a problem,
that a circumstance in which they struggle
will not last, or will not matter in the long run…
our perspective just won’t fully download into them.
And they will have to simply live through it,
learning for themselves the hardest parts of life.
And sometimes it’s trying to help those we love most,
who listen least to what we have to offer.
Watching our children leave the nest
is actually harder than expected…
for it is a really long way down
to the cold, hard ground below.
And it’s when I tell them my stories…
as something triggers a memory
of those first harsh impacting blows of my fall…
grateful now they softened with time,
that I realize how far I’ve come.
It’s why we can tell a story
which happened a long time ago…
that once brought us to tears,
but now brings laughter.
It’s why… when my daughter says,
No. Stop telling this,
it’s too sad…
I can continue…
reassuring her that I survived,
that I’m ok,
and I’m over it.
That my life is having it’s happy ending.
Today is one such story.
And I very much promise,
as hard as it may be to believe…
it is very true!
But way back then
it was a painful reality,
a harsh impacting blow.
While today I can tell it with completely
Still some shaking of my head
at other’s behavior…
but no pain.
It’s all part of God’s plan
to grow us a little each day.
To allow us to feel all sorts of emotion
at various levels, and grow through them.
So we can relate to others,
so we can relate to Him,
so we can realize
how very flawed we are…
and how very much we are in need
It’s the greatest party favor
God has ever given me!
And it allows us to tell our story.
So that others IN the struggle
will know that there is life
AFTER the struggle.
But if we can only keep our eyes
on Jesus DURING the struggle
the journey will be a lot less painful.
conducting yourselves in a manner
worthy of the Good News about Christ.
Then, whether I come and see you again
or only hear about you, I will know
that you are standing together
with one spirit and one purpose,
fighting together for the faith,
in the Perspective of Eternity!