I’ve been thinking recently about a few things, and after struggling through Evan Almighty last night and reading my friend Nicola’s blog, a few things linked together. In the movie, Evan’s wife is running away from him because she thinks he’s crazy. Stopping for some food, God sits with her to talk and says the following:
Let me ask you something. If someone prays for patience, you think God gives them patience? Or does he give them the opportunity to be patient? If he prayed for courage, does God give him courage, or does he give him opportunities to be courageous? If someone prayed for the family to be closer, do you think God zaps them with warm fuzzy feelings, or does he give them opportunities to love each other?
It linked so well with Nicola’s blog, that I felt the need to talk about it as well. “To you, or for you?” This may sound like semantics, but there is a VAST difference in the outcome of the thought put behind this. Nicola puts it perfectly when she talks about going from a victim to being a beneficiary. So awesome to think of it that way. It becomes a learning opportunity, a time to be strong, a time to be patient, or courageous (see above). It’s tough, making that shift. It’s much easier to be weak than it is to be strong. To be a victim than to be the hero. But, that’s not a great way to live life. So the next time something bad happens to you, make the shift. Make it happen FOR you. Find the opportunity that you’re facing, not the difficulty.
Nicola, I’m stealing your photo too. Thanks! 😉
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10 (5L/5R) DB Snatch
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