Reinventing you?

My friend, may I ask you a question? Are there times when severing ourselves, however painfully, from things that seemed important in the beginning but are now somehow holding us back, are key to finding happiness in life? Is there a time to reinvent who we are?

My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.

The secret to happiness; we all seek to be happy in this life and there seem to be so many paths advertising as to how to get there. There’s the money path and the power path, just to name two. Then there’s the path of utmost piety or for some, wanton disregard. With so many paths to getting what you want, when and where you want it, how is a person to decide? There was a news story recently that caught my attention in this regard. It seems that a man had got himself stuck inside of a furnace that he was cleaning. Unknowingly he had contorted himself in such a way that didn’t allow him an easy path to getting out the same way he got in. In the process he got his arm stuck when a part inside the furnace moved and collapsed on his arm. No one could hear his cries for help as he found himself hopelessly pinned, his left arm crushed and pinned. After several days of trying, thirsty and dropping in and out of consciousness, he decided the only thing to do was to sever the useless arm and save himself. He fell backward in exhaustion, all at once free from what had been sure death. Although he was missing his left arm, he had a new lease on life, a life that would be forever changed, but life nonetheless.

Like the man in the furnace, sometimes severing ourselves, however painfully, from things that seemed important in the beginning and are now somehow holding us back, is key to finding happiness in life.

Here’s a story: The date is June 24, 1859. Henri was on a business trip to speak to Napoleon III about a financial transaction between the Swiss and the French. But he arrived late and found himself in a position to witness first-hand the atrocities of war. Entering a small town shortly thereafter, Henri observed the battle’s refugees. Every building was filled with the mangled, the injured, the dead and he realized that his life would never be the same again. Driven by a powerful passion to abolish war, Henri Dunant eventually lost his successful banking career and all his worldly possessions only to die as a virtual unknown in an obscure poorhouse. But we remember him today as the first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1901. We also remember him because of the movement he founded – the Red Cross. Act One of Henri Dunant’s life closed June 24, 1859. Act Two opened immediately and played the remainder of his 81 years. (Steve Goodier)

Many people's lives can be divided into two acts. The first performance ends when a person decides to follow a new direction or passion. Henri Dunant’s old life, driven by financial success, prestige, and power, no longer satisfied him and he embraced poverty and service. For some, the second act may begin with a conversion or a turning point. Others speak of a defining moment. However it’s understood, the “old self” is laid to rest and a new self is born – one perhaps governed by principle, spirit and passion. You may be ready for the next act in your life today, that part of your life that leads to true happiness. It may mean a severing from things that today seem important, even essential; but sometimes severing, however painful, is the only way to find true freedom; one essential foundation stone upon which to build a happy life.

We pray. Heavenly Father, there are so many things in life that weigh us down, anchoring us to where we’ve always been and where we probably always will be. We know that you have are always considering life for our good, yet we are hesitant to change. Forgive us Lord when we hesitate to cut ourselves off from the things of this world that burden us. In Jesus name we pray. Amen

Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.

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<> From Beech Springs, God bless you for Jesus sake.

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