From both sides now

We all go through heart aches/breaks for one reason or another and I have heard it all from abusive or alcoholic mates, victims of rape, someone’s rent due with no money and no groceries to the heartbreak of a sweetheart saying they can’t “do this anymore” and I have been the listener and encourager and at times I have been the person being encouraged!  It reminds me of an old song from my radio days by Joni Mitchell, “I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow its life’s illusions I recall I really don’t know life at all.”  Looking at life from both sides can give you perspective on what the “other” side is thinking, meaning: When you are in a disagreement with someone, honestly try to put yourself in their shoes to see if they are really being unreasonable. Think about the way a lot of people blame God for everything that goes wrong in their life, from bad relationships to losing a job, maybe you actually did something to bring it on, yes that is possible! Jesus gave His life for us, why would He want us to live in misery. God was talking to Jeremiah, 12:5 So, Jeremiah, if you’re worn out in this footrace with men, what makes you think you can race against horses? And if you can’t keep your wits during times of calm, what’s going to happen when troubles break loose like the Jordan in flood?  I think He might be asking us that same question today!

As we read the news and see so many things going wrong in the world and all around us up close and personal, if we want to give up now, what would happen if you were to face a terrible tragedy such as the victims of the terrorists who are running their cars through crowds of people, an earthquake or what if your dearest loved one died? We have to learn to put our hand and our cares in God’s hand, 1 Peter 5:6-7 So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.

Whether you are the one that needs help or the person giving advice,  I am trying to encourage you to “keep on keeping on“, to “stay steady in the boat”, (quotes courtesy my granddad and dad respectively) now for my quote, I would say, be strong, don’t give up, and trust God.

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