Life’s a funny thing, and something that it seems to me quite regularly is challenge me… not just a ponder… not just a “oh I wish…” but a “whoa!” moment.
It happened to me today.
Someone I know has a website (now I’m keeping it vague on purpose to protect them) – but one of her followers had asked her why she settles for “fake love” and told her that she “shouldn’t settle for that” to which she replied “it’s kind of too late for that now; my reputation will get only the wrong kind of people ‘fighting for me’.” – now this made me really sad… and it got me thinking “Is this all love has become?” a place for us to use each other for a quick fix of what we call “love” only to find that we are stuck with a ‘bad reputation’ that we are hating because we want to be better than that… but to scared to leave that behind because we have built up protection to help cope with that… I mean leaving that would mean potentially loosing friends.
And that is a really tough question and it’s something that more and more people are dealing with… they hate who they have become, but they’ve been living it so long they have started to believe it… they’ve started to live in this world for so long that it feels like it’s impossible to get out.
And to be honest none of it was a big surprise to me… HOWEVER… this is what challenged me…
IMAGINE if she wasn’t the only one in the group thinking this?
IMAGINE if others were thinking the same thing?
You see what would happen is that people would stop pushing each other down into a world that they are trying to get out of… and they would have created a group of people that work as a support group… people who understand… people who have been there with you.
In the Bible it says this:
“The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.” John 10:10
You see if you are in a hole that seems impossible to get out of… then you might need help outside yourself. Anything that is keeping you down, isn’t where you are meant to be, you were actually created for much more than that… even if your friends aren’t willing to change, you can.
God wants to give you LIFE… and a satisfying life.
The founders of AA knew this and it’s reflected in their 12 step program in steps 2 and 3:
2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
When I read that I think of God our creator… he wants you to be the person he designed you to be even more than you want to change… you see he wants to see you excel in ALL areas.
He wants to see you on the adventure that he has planned for you.
You can try and change… but ONLY God can give you a LIFE CHANGING turnaround.
It never says it will be easy… in fact it say “there will be trouble” – however I would much rather be in God order “trouble” than be stuck in a life outside of what was planned for me.