When Bad Things Happen You Do Have a Choice
My Pastor was talking about pain this week in Bible study, and a few key events flashed before my eyes from the last 18 years. And in that moment I realized that I had still been nursing these things and the emotions associated with them even just a little. I could easily refocus back on the negativity instead of looking at them as what they really were: stepping stones to my purpose.
The path to purpose is not absent from pain. Sorry. But it really is all about perspective. Take any negative from your life and look at it through purpose and you will see that negative was really a positive step towards your purpose.
I went through some things over the last 18 years and the thought of some of it still brings up emotions but the other day I realized that I was taking those things as offenses instead of seeing them as opportunities to learn, grow and be blessed. The struggles and the rejection helped to mold me into who I am today and I believe firmly I am a better person today than 18 years ago because I went through certain things.
Consider Joseph from the Bible (Genesis 37). His own brothers were jealous of him and threw him in a pit. He was sold into slavery and his father thought he was dead. In captivity, God raised Joseph up, his gift made a place for him before the king. In the end, Joseph became powerful in the house of Egypt and was eventually reunited with his father and his brothers and saved them from the famine.
Joseph had to be put in a pit so he would know how to live in the palace. He had to be separated from his family in order to gain the influence and skills he would later need to save their life. Now young Joseph wouldn’t have comprehended that. He would have only known that his father thought he was dead and his brothers betrayed him. He would have only known his anger and betrayal and loneliness.
But when he was older and had an opportunity to save them and see them, all was forgiven as he held back tears upon seeing their faces after years.
We focus so easily on what we’ve lost. And sometimes it’s a perceived loss. Something we think we could have had if it weren’t for. . . . . But Joseph looked at what he gained and he was able to use it to get back what he thought he’d lost.
Take a look at what you have gained instead all you think you have lost. You may have what you need to get what you want right there in your possession and you just can’t see it. Bad things happen to us all but that bad thing serves a purpose and you have the power to direct that purpose. It becomes either something that defines you or something that refines you. The choice is yours.
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