When was the last time you wanted something and didn’t get it? Now, I don’t mean something tangible, necessarily, but maybe a position, an honor, an appointment of sorts. Do you know what I mean? I think that we are quick to point to the humans who don’t appoint us and assume that there is a reason they didn’t choose us, or to the boy who didn’t notice us, or the girl who just discounted our best efforts. But what if you took the human completely out of it? What if you considered for a moment that it was not about the person’s not choosing you, but about God’s choosing to say “Not yet,” or “It’s not you.” Have you considered the Divine appointments in your life? I think that’s where I am right now, and I can only guess that there are others who have felt that someone has cast them aside or overlooked them when, in fact, it was God’s placement that kept it from happening. If we make things happen that we think should happen and don’t operate in God’s will, can we really hope to have true joy in our lives?
Lord, let me not walk one step outside of your perfect will for my life. Help me to accept your appointments for me without being disappointed. May I see these not as being overlooked but as someone else’s placement. You have the perfect plan, and I want to walk in it! Bless me today, and bless those who are trying to walk in your way, yet who are failing at times, as I do.
Failure–there is no failure so great that you need to feel like you need to run away permanently. Oh, please, I don’t care what you’ve done, if you don’t have another living soul that you think you can talk to–talk to me! Please, please, don’t think that suicide is the answer. It creates so much pain for so many, and I just don’t think it can really even bring peace to one’s soul. Oh, dear friends, if you think you’ve screwed up, if you’re feeling the weight of the world and the pressure that is suffocating you, don’t think it will continue forever. God will use you and all you’ve been through to help others. Maybe you’ll be talking to young teenagers when you’re an adult. You just never know. But know this…I love each of you and ache to think that you might be hurting alone. Don’t go it alone, my precious friends.
Joy is the will which labors, which overcomes obstacles, which knows triumph.~ William Butler Yeats
Whether you think you can or think you can’t you’re right. - Henry Ford
The best way out is always through. ~ Robert Frost
Real difficulties can be overcome, it is only the imaginary ones that are unconquerable. ~ Theodore N. Vail
Success consists of getting up just one more time than you fall. ~ Oliver Goldsmith
You must be the change you want to see in the world. - Mahatma Gandhi