(10.07.20—The Bigger Picture!--Jude 1:21)
M. Clifford. Brunner
My friend, may I ask you a question? Is starting over sometimes, when good fortune takes a holiday, the best choice even when it seems like the most difficult one? Is it only a matter of wisdom to know it if we have the vision to see it?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m M. Clifford Brunner?
I'm not sure that there is anything in this life I like less than having to start over. Perhaps because I've had to do it a number of times in life, jobs, schools, friends, you name it, I just really find it tedious and, in some respects fearful. There's that sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when you suddenly feel everything you've worked for, all that you've striven for, lost in a moment of change or error. Take yesterday, for example, I had spent over an hour writing a grant proposal, a critical proposal that would, if secured, enhance the This Passing Day ministry. And, of course, I had neglected to save it. It was at that moment that the computer did a Jeckyl and Hyde on me. It turned sinister and the application sim- ply took an unexpected holiday. I had to start over. My first thought was "will I remember everything I had written?" Panic! But, there was nothing to do but start over. When I was done I was relieved. The second time was a charm. What I lost was, well, worth losing. What I redid was better that what I HAD done.
Sometimes starting over when good fortune takes a holiday is the best choice, if only we have vision to see it.
Here's a story: Thomas Carlyle's greatest work was undoubtedly his two volumes on the French Revolution. In 1835, he loaned, in the original manuscript form, the second volume of his French Revolution to his friend John Stuart Mill to read. Mill, in turn, loaned it to another friend to read. This friend thoughtlessly left the precious manuscript on a table where a servant, cleaning the room, threw it into the fireplace. Carlyle was hurled into despair when he learned that all his hard labor had vanished into smoke. For days he sat in his room in London in gloom unwilling to see or talk with anyone. He seemed incapable of any further literary effort. But one day, from his pessimistic slump, he looked across the acres of London roofs. There he saw a mason building a wall with painful patience, laying brick upon brick. Carlyle's father was a mason and what astonished Carlyle was that in all this slow monotonous work the mason was singing as happy as a lark. Here was a man happy and persistent in humdrum work that brought no public applause. The man's per- severance gave Carlyle a new perspective and he rewrote the destroyed volume and published two years later. (Steve Shepherd)
Don't let life's setbacks deter you from remaining in God's love. You and I need to give Christ our disappointments and setbacks seeking to remain in His love. It is only by focusing on Christ that we will be able to survive in this life and overcome the pain and problems of life. Starting over can be difficult, even disturbing. But, sometimes, starting over is just the medicine God prescribes when a new beginning is better than the old finish.
We pray. Heavenly Father. Many times life's setbacks deter us from remaining in Your love. We’re frustrated and saddened by the way events have turned in our life. We know that we need to give Christ our disappointments and setbacks seeking to remain in His love. But often we just don’t take the time to do the work. Forgive us Lord. We know that It is only by focusing on Christ that we will be able to survive in this life and overcome the pain and problems of life. Starting over can be difficult, even disturbing. But, sometimes, starting over is just the medicine You prescribe when a new beginning is better than the old finish we thought would be better. 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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