As I mentioned yesterday, I realized that December had found us and that the end of this year is crashing in on us like a runaway locomotive! I can identify with Job 7:6 “My days come and go swifter than the click of knitting needles, and then the yarn runs out—an unfinished life!”
When a year comes to its end we look back in retrospect and the pieces of memories make a picture of the year past for us to view. It is the same when someone who you know dies as you remember them and think about how they spent their life. C.T. Studd who was a British Missionary penned, “Only one life, ’twill soon be past, only what’s done for Christ will last. And when I am dying, how happy I’ll be, if the lamp of my life has been burned out for Thee.”
We are all born with a clean slate, a life in front of us that has a chance to be something great and to make a difference in the world in which we live. So many times we feel like there is no way for us born in our particular circumstance to become successful, but if you did research on all the rich and famous people, you would find that a many of them had to scratch their way up through a lot of adverse circumstances, yet as we see them sitting on top of their personal world, we only see the success they are now.
I personally know a person who was raised having to fend for themselves, volleyed from one family member to another and never really knowing their parentage, yet today they are the head of a large company with the scars of their childhood hidden beneath all of their accomplishments.
There was a day that such infamous people as Hitler or the pilots that guided their aircrafts into the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center were tiny babies in their mother’s arms. What happened that twisted them into tormentors? Who has the answer to that?
You can blame a parent, or the lack of one, but after a point, it becomes your own personal responsibility to stand up for your self. Psalm 139:13-15 “Oh yes, you shaped me first inside, then out; you formed me in my mother’s womb. I thank you, High God—you’re breathtaking! Body and soul, I am marvelously made! I worship in adoration—what a creation! You know me inside and out, you know every bone in my body; You know exactly how I was made, bit-by-bit, how I was sculpted from nothing into something. Like an open book, you watched me grow from conception to birth; all the stages of my life were spread out before you, the days of my life all prepared before I’d even lived one day.” What a beautiful revelation, and declaration, from the Psalmist King, David, of how God is, and has always been, aware of us.
Things happen to us that we cannot help, it is after we come to knowledge of what the baggage we are carrying really is that we can choose to put it down or continue to carry it with us for the rest of our lives and use it as a reason and a crutch to live miserably.
God gave me a little wisdom for one such person who is at a terrible risk of letting their whole life be totally ruined by someone who at one time had power over him; it was, “To continue being bitter is to take great drafts from a mug of poison, because you are thirsty! Who do you harm? It is like sitting in the cell of a dungeon not knowing that the door has been left unlocked, long ago. It’s a compartment of hell we don’t belong in! You have to get up and get out of it. On your own it won’t be that easy, but you have a helper.” Then I read this scripture, Isaiah 41:10 “You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady; keep a firm grip on you.”
If you are looking for someone to give you a helping hand, the person you turn to may be looking for the same thing!
Gloria Gaither penned a wonderful song about ‘life gone bad’; “If there ever were dreams that were lofty and noble, they were your dreams at the start, and the hope for life’s best are the hopes that we harbor, down deep in our heart, but then your dreams turn to ashes, your castles all crumble, your fortune turns to loss, Wrap it all, in the rags of your life, and lay them at the Cross. Let Christ make something beautiful of your life!”