What You Have, Where You Are…
I just love this picture and the philosophy behind it! In our confused culture and day to day existence in a world that zaps our energy, takes our money and is more depressing than uplifting we should try to keep that mental image and attitude. Life is a gift and a precious one at that. Watch the news and you’ll be convinced of it after about twenty minutes of crime, slim and gossipy grim. The chaotic frenzy swirling around us can bring mayhem, madness and death in the blink of an eye. Be thankful, thankful for each day and all God’s tender mercies in your life. Understand that your life is largely what you make it no matter your circumstances. That’s not just some foolish Pollyanna mentality either. From the total bottom of the barrel to the mountain top you can determine to some degree how you live it. Happiness is a decision not a feeling. Forgiveness is a choice not a character weakness and God is our ultimate standard not our genie in a bottle. Realizing those truths allow you to navigate this journey more successfully.
Determination propels us through obstacles of every sort. During a very difficult period in my life I felt like I had nothing at all going for me. I was trapped in circumstance and lacked the emotional or physical fortitude to push past it. When I poured my heart out to the Lord His response was, work with what you have, where you are. Well, let me tell you, that was not what I was expecting or wanting to hear. Yet when I thought about it hard, finally I got it. God would not have dropped that in my spirit if it wasn’t the key to the door I needed to go through. We always have a little something to work with and if we work with that God makes it advance our journey in His good timing. After figuring out what I did have I did what He said. He demonstrated His power and what the faithfulness of His promises really mean. God made sure I had what I needed even if I didn’t have what I wanted. It was up to me to use what He gave me to change my circumstances or do nothing but sit there and whine about them. I chose to use what I had exactly where I was. It wasn’t easy and there certainly was no overnight everything is all right change but I can tell you without hesitation, God worked it out.
So when you’re back is against the wall and you think it’s hopeless…pray and think again. Listen to what the Lord Jesus has to say before you give up. Then look around and find that small maybe insignificant something or ability He’s given you to work with…and work it. It could be anything from helping someone else to just cleaning your own house. Do something and do it in the name of Jesus and watch Him work. Intentionally live your life with renewed vigor and enthusiasm because the world will suck all that out of you if you let it. Be happy on purpose! Take the time, make the effort to live like somebody left the gate open! We may not realistically be like the puppy in the picture all the time but we can shoot for it as much as possible. Those woo hoo moments come with increased frequency when we appreciate our blessings more and complain about our dissatisfactions less. Work with what you got, where you are and it just might take you to where you want to go.