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All Things

Thursday, March 08, 2012

A few weeks ago, I participated in a 4-day workshop that has given me much food for thought. I also found myself in a situation that limits what I can do, giving me plenty of time for chewing. Part of the discussion during the weekend workshop was about the "all things" that is mentioned in Romans 8:28; "All things work together for good..." Before the workshop was over, I broke 2 bones in my ankle/foot, so I spent the last day hopping from one session to the other. It seemed like I was in the middle of an example of an "all things" situation where it would be obvious whether I would choose to believe the "work together for good" part or not. In the last couple of weeks since the workshop, I have found that it is easy to feel sorry for myself, to come up with excuses for not getting any exercise, and to eat too much when I start to feel bored. However, if I focus on the truth that this is part of the "all things" in my life that will "work together for good," then my whole outlook changes. There is a reason for this broken foot. I have a new appreciation for those that can't get around the way they'd like to and I'm learning to be grateful for things that I have taken for granted. I am beginning to understand that this is an opportunity to see what good God will make of this situation and what He will teach me in it. As I dwell on these things, my focus on trying to eat less and exercise more fades, and I find myself being satisfied in Him... and I think my waist is getting smaller in the meanwhile. :)
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    I can relate. I twisted my knee badly at hockey on Sunday night. When I was icing it at 1:00am, Charles Stanley was on TV saying that you have to understand that God loves you before you can trust Him. It was an "all things" moment as well.
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