What a Ride…
Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather the plan is to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming — WOW — what a ride!!!
If you believe that the purpose of life is to lead a quiet, serene, and undisturbed existence, without problem or peril…think again! Our faith and character grow through overcoming challenges, crisis and grasping for that which at times seems unobtainable. Hope, humility and maturity evolve through facing trials and overcoming obstacles. Ultimate peace, joy and satisfaction are derived in spending ourselves for a worthy cause, knowing that we have given it everything that we have, without regret, and without looking back.
Thought for the day
What is my worthy cause? What is it that I most desire in life? What is it that I would suffer and die for? If you can’t figure out the answer for you, let me suggest that you meet with your sponsor and spiritual advisor and start the process of figuring it out.
Therefore then, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us, Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Just think of Him Who endured from sinners such grievous opposition and bitter hostility against Himself [reckon up and consider it all in comparison with your trials], so that you may not grow weary or exhausted, losing heart and relaxing and fainting in your minds.
~Hebrews 12:1-3 (Amp)~
I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.
~Jesus / John 16:33 (Amp)~