Wednesday, October 28, 2015

It Is Never Too Late To Be What You Might Have Been

by Donna L. Watkins

Life is full of many challenges.  Relationships, finances, health, a job we don't like, death of family, friends and pets.  If we focus too much on the problems, we won't see outside that very limiting venue.  We all know people who have had problems and rehearsed them so much that they became rather "sour" about life itself.  Figuring that "if something's gonna go wrong, it's gonna happen to me" type of mentality.  We can't allow ourselves to go there.  God tells us in His Word that we have many promises.  Jesus came so that we might have life and have it abundantly.

"The thief comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).

We can't afford to speak death over ourselves and others around us when there is such a better alternative.  If we keep our focus on things above rather than the things of this earth, we will be able to have a greater vision for the future. 

"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things"  (Colossians 3:2).

I imagine seeing Jesus with my problem and ask myself, "Is He worried over this?"  My answer is always "No."  If we trust in Him, we can avoid the worrying over it also.  It's incredible the amount of peace you can bring into your soul when you sit at the feet of Jesus.

The tough part is being able to stay there ...

but practice makes perfect as we see Him working in our lives and realize more and more each day how much He loves us and provides for us.

When I begin to get gloomy, I begin thanking the Lord for food each day, heat and air conditioning to make me comfortable, all the big and small things He created for our enjoyment in nature, the call from a friend .... once I get started I believe Jesus helps me along with the Holy Spirit whispering in my ear.  [Read Article:  God Will Fix Your Mess]

Speaking of backyards .... these photos are from our front yard of a Maple tree that has been an inspiration to me for many years.  I see it every time I look out my dining room window.  It is growing to the right of the Butterfly Bench.

"It is never too late to be what you might have been."
 – George Eliott

Here's the hollowed-out trunk of the Maple tree
with two side branches growing out of the bottom .....

in case you think they could have their own root system, which they probably do,
check out the fact that another branch is coming out of the top of that trunk

and yes, that "trunk" or "branch" whatever you want to call it is producing life and leaves.

Here's a closer look at the hollowed out inside of the actual trunk.

It's incredibly amazing that it would be supporting life above it.  God has provided for us to do the same.  To rise above the circumstances and boldly declare .... I'm not dead! I can support and provide life and love to those who God puts in my world today and those seeds of wisdom, hope or love can produce life and comfort. 

"For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"  (Jeremiah 29:11).

God has a plan for all of us and we must look towards it.  Reach for the sky!  There are no limits!

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