Thursday, December 22, 2011

Not Easy, but Worth It!

Life isn't always easy.  There is one quote that I am reminded of when I face challenges that might temporarily knock me off my feet: "I didn't say it would be easy, but I said it would be worth it," (anonymous).  To me, life isn't about picture perfect snapshots and planning ahead all the time.  Sometimes, I find myself having to face the unexpected that life throws at me.  Like the quote says, life won't always be easy, but when I face the problem that knocked me down in the first place, I feel accomplished!  

I know we all have trouble being thankful when life throws us a curve ball, but without those struggles, I wouldn't be the person I am today.  Now I'm not saying that I'm perfect or anything, but I have learned so much about what life has to offer if you just accept the opportunities.  Yes, sometimes the opportunities aren't all what they seem; meaning that not everything is going to work out in your benefit.  Although when you look back at your life, you are going to regret the chances you didn't take much rather then the ones you did.  I find it bothersome to not know what the end of the tunnel looks like..kind of like declining a good opportunity.  

If you take a minute to examine the word "opportunity", what does it mean to you??  Do you think of things you did do or things you didn't do?  Better yet, do you think of the possibilities still left to come?  When I think of that word, I think of everything that life has in store for me.  I think of the place I will be in ten years, the job I will someday be working, or the family I might get to have.  Although, I do want to live in the present, it's nice to think about what is awaiting.

My point through mentioning all of this stuff is this: God already knows what our lives look like.  He knows everything about us.  Isn't is so cool that there is this God who cares enough to know how many hairs we have on our head?  Even though I can't see Him, I have a relationship with Him that lets me know He is always there.  Anyway, life couldn't be more interesting.  Through good and bad, I just have to accept it all.  As much as I wish for a picture perfect life, I think I have realized that we don't learn anything if we are perfect.  Imperfection teaches us to be strong when things don't go like we want them.  It teaches me to be thankful.

I am thankful for life's unfortunate troubles because it teaches me things I might not learn anywhere else.  Most of all, life's troubling events teach me, personally, to thank God through good and bad.  Even though it is easier said than done, when you actually get to thank God through the bad, you know that God was there through it all, even if you did leave him for a while.  In conclusion, I am not perfect, and I will never be perfect, but God lets me be the amazing person that He really sees me as when I accept life's little mishaps.

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