For years, the way I handled hard times
Was to think about the future and say,
“Things are hard now, but they will get better…tomorrow”
Eventually, they did…at least on some level.
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Often, I learned new things about myself, GOD and life
From the hard times.
But about the time I was in my 60’s,
Something new happened.
My thinking started to change.
I started having to say, “Good-bye.”
To many of aspects of my life I once enjoyed.
I realized that in many ways, my life was not going to improve.
Things weren’t going to get better here on earth.
In some ways, they were going to get worse (here)
Before they got better ( in heaven).
The hard part was that the process could take many years.
I realized that something about my theology of coping
Had been wrong if I was looking to tomorrow for things to improve. stop
That wasn’t really dealing with the problem.
It was simply postponing dealing with it!
When you see an older person who seems sad, yes, even a Christian,
The reality of this loss may be hitting them.
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They have reached a stage in their life where their career won’t get better.
Their health won’t improve. They won’t become stronger.
They will need to sink their roots deeper into GOD’s Word
In ways they never needed to before. It’s a good thing.
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They will need to invest their lives in others more than ever.
The foundations they built their lives on, not what they thought,
But what they actually did build on, will show up…
And may be found wanting…
When you get to the point in your life when you know you have passed your prime.
When you see the tomorrows ahead as being more downhill.
Where will you sink your trust?
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Yes, you will enjoy your close friends…if you or they haven’t moved away or died.
Yes, you will enjoy your spouse…if he or she is still living and aware.
Yes, you will enjoy the presence of your children and grandchildren…
If they live nearby and you have cordial relations with them.
Yes, you will enjoy an active lifestyle…if you still have good health.
But if any or all of those things are gone? Then what?
Then you will have your relationship with Jesus.
It will come down to that.
Will He be enough?
I’m not at the point where He is all I have.
But I am finding that when I lose things I once held dear,
That He is filling up places I never expected Him to fill.
I expect He will be enough for the coming tomorrows
No matter what they hold.
The challenges won’t be easy, painless or without grief.
But GOD is bigger than all that and he will be near and sufficient.
I have cared for you since you were born.
Yes, I carried you before you were born.
I will be your God throughout your lifetime—
until your hair is white with age.
I made you, and I will care for you.
I will carry you along and save you.
Isaiah 46:3-4 (NLT)
I did some minor editing here 7/13/15.
This has been my #1 read and commented on post of the year since it was posted April 16, 2015. I thought I would repost it today. As I read it, I was convicted of its truth once again.