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It Doesn't Have To Make Sense
by Lee Wise
A Beautiful Moment In Time
Lee Wise 2003 All rights reserved 

I would like to understand and eliminate much of what I see in the world:

*Heartache
*Pain
*Deception
*Lying
*Diseases
*Agony

To be sure I can strive to bring health and healing into 
the hearts and minds of people. Personally, I believe I 
should. I should...

*Live a purpose-filled life that strives to make a positive difference wherever and however I can, 

*Use my gifts and abilities to help others,

*Give to worthwhile causes.

If I am going to live a responsible life-style, I should 
promote and engage in this type of thinking and acting. 

However...

One of the lessons I have had to learn along the way is
this: 

"I don't have to understand it all."

IT DOESN'T HAVE TO MAKE SENSE

This article came about because I was reflecting on what I might communicate to someone concerning the lessons life has taught me.

"It doesn't need to make sense" is what initially came to 
mind.  I would love to know "the whys" of life. 

Take the list you read in my opening comments as a starter.  There is so much of life that I honestly don't understand.

At times...

*I'm angered about certain aspects of life.

*I can't imagine how some people can do what they do or think what they think. 

*I don't understand when I when "it just doesn't seem
right or fair." 

After reading these comments you may think: "This guy's 
really down on life." 

In actuality, quite the opposite is true. I enjoy life. 

A spontaneous example...

My granddaughter just stopped by my desk to give me a good night kiss *and* receive the same from her "Pap" as she was going to bed. 

I love it! 

I love laughter in the next room, the colors of the sky 
outside of my office at night, the joy of my wife's 
presence, my ministry, my children and extended family, and even getting playfully "trashed" by friends (and, of course children), etc., etc. 

BUT THE "OTHER SIDE OF LIFE" IS STILL THERE

And the best way I have been able to handle that other side is -- for me at least -- to *accept* the fact that a large slice of life doesn't make sense. 

Even with my "faith background" it doesn't make sense. 
At least not to me. 

So where does that leave me? 

In other words, if the little girl who just kissed me 
goodnight was twenty-five years old and said to me: 

"Well, Pap. What does 'accept' mean to you? 
How do you handle it?"

I WOULD SAY TO HER...

1. Trust God with what you don't know and can't understand.  (I would give this advice first because of my personal belief system -- neither expecting nor demanding everyone to share my belief. It is, as they say, "just me.") 

2. Beware of allowing the "bad" you discover in life to 
shape your view of the entire world. See the world
through the eyes of truth. There are plenty of good
people, doing good things, and doing them for good 
reasons. 

3. Should you find yourself trying to deal with a fractured
world experience, strive not to become bitter. I have
never seen bitterness heal or help anyone. It carries
within its fangs a special brand of poison that only
brings death to the hearts and minds of those it 
entraps. 

4. Allow the perplexities you see help you become a better person by humbly reflecting to others that you do not know -- or have to know -- the answers to the questions life inevitably prompts us to ask. 

5. Do whatever you can, in whatever way you can, to make "the bad" better. Carefully assess your gifts, talents
and desires and then assume a measure of responsibility 
for making a positive impact in the world. 

6. Work hard at being grateful person. Make it one of your high priority goals. 

THE LAST CHAPTER HAS NOT BEEN WRITTEN

One thing for sure: I expect to be learning this lesson many times over before the last chapter of my life comes to a conclusion.

I suppose what I just stated is my own disclaimer concerning how well I live out my own advice. I try, learn, grow, and try again. 

I have given it my best, and I am absolutely convinced 
that endeavoring to learn this lesson in life is worth the 
effort. 

Yours for a day filled with beautiful moments in time,

Lee

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Lee is a seminary administrator, has a part-time business 
at home, and writes two motivational ezines: "A Beautiful
Moment In Time" and "Hope For Daily Living." Permission 
is given to distribute article. This paragraph must be 
included. Email: Lee@motivation-for-daily-living.net
Link: http://www.motivation-for-daily-living.net

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