I’ve noticed something about people, we either react to choices or we respond. Those who react, normally leave a wake of “drama drama drama” behind them, and those who respond, leave a trail of wisdom.
We all know that life throws crazy things at us, deaths, divorces, unmet expectations. We all know the people that have reacted or do react poorly to these kinds of things. These are the ones that have the tendency to get up and leave, they drop their commitments, never to be heard of again, if so it’s long afterwards and “as if it never happened” they are hard to trust, and even harder to know.
Then we have the people who respond, they take these crazy times, and yes maybe they react at first, but then they take the opportunity to grow through it. They stick it through with patient endurance and cling onto the promises in life that God has given them. It is these people who can be trusted when nothing else makes sense, when life is falling apart, even around them, they can minister to the heart of another broken person, because they’ve put their faith in the Lord.
I’ve been on both sides of the fence, many times. When life gets rocky, I dig in, but sometimes I just want to run. However, these past four years have taught me an invaluable lesson, always move forward with what God has told me. The second I stop, is the second that I lose motivation, and meaning. Sure, if I react and do a quick “course correction” in order to gain stability, life seems okay, but soon I realize that my calling is to be in his grace and not in my own works.