A Thorny Issue…
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us. ~Voltaire~
There is absolutely no profit in continuing to dwell on perceived wrongs, past hurts or mistakes, lost opportunity or other burdens that may weigh us down. When we allow such things to fester and consume our thought life, we only magnify their impact, and give them power to keep us from moving beyond them. When we decide to live in the past we choose to live life in shame, guilt or remorse and in the absence of a loving God for He cannot be accessed in the past. Stay in the now and be with Him.
Thought for the day
Focus on all of the glorious hope and promise contained in this day, not on that which is past…and as your perspective changes to embrace the possibilities on the road ahead, new opportunities will begin to unfold, and circumstances will change, corresponding to your willingness to live in His will. Please remember as stated in the Big Book of AA; “we have a daily reprieve that is based on our spiritual condition”. So be with Him, live with Him, be in Him, pray with Him, pray for Him, live for Him and great things will come to pass.
The thorny ground represents those who hear and accept the Good News, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the cares of this life and the lure of wealth, so no crop is produced. The good soil represents the hearts of those who truly accept God’s message and produce a huge harvest–thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted. ~Jesus / Matthew 13:22,23
To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”…That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
~2 Corinthians 12:7-10 (NIV)~
No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven. ~Philippians 3:13,14