One of the great saddnesses in life, is the moment when you are older and wiser that you realize you spent way too much effort trying to please those who are unpleasable and trying to obtain that which is unattainable. We are brought up in a great country—one where there is no preset cast system that relegates you to a life without choices. As such, from little league on we are taught we can do and be anything. At age 53, I can attest this is true. Sadly, we often mistake that axiom with the mistaken one that we can be everything.
God has formed us—he also has used our family and life circumstance to mold us. All the effort was to equip us to complete a plan he has designed for us. When we waste our time trying to live independent of that plan, we often become focused on pleasing others, and abandoning our role as his chosen to somehow attain our desire. The ones that suffer are our families, friends and ourselves. We live a lie and miss the glorious truth of his plan and his path for our lives. Like any dad—his plan is designed to give us a full and meaningful life. Our efforts to deviate from him—are always counterproductive and bring emptiness. Even when we sometimes achieve our desires, we find they were not fulfilling. We are just as empty as when we left his path.
The great news is that he awaits our return. He will set us back on track and even use our deviation to prepare us to minister and complete his plan. He is that dad that takes what we have broken or what others have broken in our lives and mend, reform and restore them to his ultimate plan. The joy and goal for him–as with any daddy, is us collapsed in his arms snuggled in and under his protection. His only desire is that we do it his way and avoid the pain of emptiness of doing it our way. Thanks Lord, for loving me and desiring that I complete your journey–joyfully and peacefully.
God Bless You
Do not eat the food of a begrudging host, do not crave his delicacies; 7 for he is the kind of person who is always thinking about the cost. “Eat and drink,” he says to you, but his heart is not with you. 8 You will vomit up the little you have eaten and will have wasted your compliments.
9 Do not speak to fools, for they will scorn your prudent words.
10 Do not move an ancient boundary stone or encroach on the fields of the fatherless, 11 for their Defender is strong; he will take up their case against you.
12 Apply your heart to instruction and your ears to words of knowledge.
13 Do not withhold discipline from a child; if you punish them with the rod, they will not die. 14 Punish them with the rod and save them from death.
15 My son, if your heart is wise, then my heart will be glad indeed; 16 my inmost being will rejoice when your lips speak what is right