Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. Charles R. Swindoll
Things happen that are beyond our control. Some of them are good, some are inconsequential and some are bad or undesirable. We tend to remember the bad and undesirable much more than the good. Some of us may have even developed mental complexes because we feel unfairly singled out with too much bad. We may feel we are getting more than our fair share of bad luck, are jinxed or have rain clouds that follow us wherever we go. It is unhealthy for us to have these feelings. We need to remember life happens to all of us.
Someone just got struck and killed by lightning. It could have been a random event or caused by someone’s negligence. People are killed in auto accidents, plane crashes, tornados, robberies and many other ways. People can be killed just by sitting in their living room from meteors or falling space debris. People get killed or harmed due to random and freak accidents. When we are in the wrong place at the wrong time; bad things can happen to us know matter how careful or undeserving we may be. We lose jobs, loved ones die, relationships fail, bad decisions get made, people lie or deceive us or bad things can happens from a infinitely long list.
Some bad things are directly or indirectly caused by our own actions. We can be victims of our own bad choices, stupidity, negligence, ignorance or even laziness. Bad things do happen to us because we get older and start falling apart. The important issue is how we handle both the bad things that are our own fault as well as how we handle bad things that are beyond our control or responsibility. Is there really a difference?
We should strive to learn from mistakes, to make better decisions, and grow wiser and more mature as we get older. No matter how hard we do or do not try, bad things happen. Some are caused by us and some beyond our control. This is part of life. We can get down and out or we can take these events in stride and move on. Life does happen. Some of it is good; some bad; some caused by us and some not. We make things worse or better by our responses. Having it together and being mature are signs we have learned to take life more in stride.
Challenge: Life is always challenging. Things happen and you must respond. Your response makes all the difference. The goal is to get better and wiser through experience. You can choose to allow things to get to you or you can choose to make the most of all that happens. Everything that happens has something to teach you and something that can make you better and stronger. You are in the driver’s seat. Take control and steer.
Wisdom: You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you. Brian Tracy Spiritual: (NIV)
The fruit of righteousness will be peace; the effect of righteousness will be quietness and confidence forever. Isaiah 32:17
But he who stands firm to the end will be saved. Matthew 2:13
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline. 2 Timothy 1:7
As far as we know we have no say so in being born. We were thrust into this life kicking and screaming. We will find ourselves having to make the most of all that happens both good and bad. For those believing in God, we believe he is in control and sovereign. Many believe he is there waiting for us when life is over. Many of us also, believe he is on the sidelines as well. He is there to coach and advise us. We must ask him for his help.
Prayer: Help me to keep things in perspective. Help me to have faith, courage and strength for daily living.