Monday, January 25, 2010

Encouragement: Accepting Life's Reality- ups and downs!

I often wonder why life is so strange at times! Many questions do arise even though clear answers are available. Only we may not like the answers as they are! Almost every one faces ups and downs in life and wonders why such and such things should happen to them? What would be the history if someone has never gone through ups and downs in life? There will be no history!

To see the truth, we must accept reality as it is and still trust God. Reality is not always kind, even when we are seeking God sincerely. Some of us are open to God's leading as long as life remains comfortable, but we close ourselves off to Him when life becomes difficult.

The Apostle Paul wrote, " I have learned how to get along happily whether I have much or little. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little " (Philiians 4:11-12). When Paul wrote these words, he was in a Roman prison, waiting to hear if he would be executed. But instead of complaining, he accepted the reality of life's ups and downs without closing himself off from God.

Life always has its ups and downs, and God uses both for His good puroses. God's plan to transform our lives, purify our faith, and strengthen our character continues to unfold, both in good times and in bad. We must maintain opennes toward God at all timesso that we will be able to accept our true spiritual condition.

Be Encouraged,

A.Othniel
(www.aothniel.net)

Letter # 04 (24. 1. 2010)