Do we live a grin and bear it life, or a believe and share it life?
David did not have to be eaten by the Lions before he got the message.
1 Peter 2:21 shares; ” For even hereunto were ye called; because Christ also suffered for us, leaving an example you should follow in His steps.” Even Wordsworth appears to take a similar view; “Action is a transitory a step, a blow. The motion of muscle, this way or that – ’tis done, and the after-vacancy we wonder at ourselves like a man betrayed. Suffering is permanent, obscure and dark, and shares the nature of infinity”. What a declaration of pessimism Wordsworth makes. Christ suggests our trip to the cross be figurative in that we “die” to our old selves. That we don’t have to carry it to our graves.
I’m afraid that I am a consummate optimist. Some have said that I don’t take life seriously. Correction ! I take Grace seriously. I coined the phrase long ago and share it when I can; “Fate says, “Whatever will be, will be.” Faith says ; ” Yes, but it will be wonderful ! “
Some may believe that the greatest lessons are learned when we experience hardships and pain: Believing we will not truly experience healing until the “unfortunate” happens. I’m convinced that we can learn even more from love, growth and grace; that we should pray for and expect it, rather than endure privation and wear a “hair shirt”.
I close with a personal note, not totally unrelated to the above. This is my 200th post on Christian Blessings. It ties into our “believe it and share it” part of our lives, and the amazing benefit of power and purpose through posting, shared by every one of our beloved contributors and readers. We all, as Christians, need a platform to share the good news. Fortunate are we to have found it. Psalm 1:19 declares; Thy word is a lamp unto my feet and light unto my path”.
Speaking of feet; Blessed are the feet of those like Evelyn’s, our founder, who has tread the sometimes steep and arduous path of finding and funding, persuading and publishing, commenting and caring. May they move you into the next decade. And, may those same feet take you to Israel soon. I’m sure I speak for all of us. Thank you dear.