Glass half full
Thursday, April 04, 2013
I received a wonderful email from a cousin who is one of my favorite spiritual comrades. Distance has kept us apart for most of our 60 years but non the less, thanks to modern technology and the internet, we communicate our love for our maker. We were blessed to be born to parents who were children of our beloved Grandfather, who was a minister, believer and extremely spiritual man. Faith was always a part of our lives.
I have always been a positive person. Not sure why. I've had many 'unfortunate' things happen in my life and some day as I continue to blog (and deal with my weight issues) I'll go in to detail. Oh, it's surely not as traumatic as many others for sure, but non the less, I've had my share of disappointments in my 61 years of existence that have made me who I am. But I still see the glass as half full. And to say I love being alive is an understatement. EVERY DAY is a blessing!! I've had a Fantastic life and I know how lucky I am.
I sent an email to an amazing new friend on Sparkpeople and she suggested I share it here so others can benefit from it's wisdom. The meaning of this post is what has made a true difference in my life. And I've taken it by faith as a way to live by. It's not always the things we pray/ask for that are right for us, many times, as the song goes, it's the unanswered prayers that benefit us the most. It goes like this:
"A king who did not believe in the goodness of God, had a slave who, in all circumstances would always say “my king, do not be discouraged, because everything God does is perfect. He makes no mistakes!”
One day they went hunting and along the way a wild animal attacked the king. His slave managed to kill the animal, but could not prevent his majesty from losing a finger.
Furious and without showing his gratitude for being saved, the nobleman asked
"Is God good? If He was good, I would not have been attacked and lost my finger."
The slave replied:
"My king, despite all these things, I can only tell you that God is good, and he knows why these things happened. What God does is perfect. He is never wrong!"
Outraged by the response, the king ordered the arrest of his slave.
Later, the King left for another hunt, this time alone. He was captured by savages who engaged in human sacrifices.
On the altar and ready to sacrifice the nobleman, the savages discovered that their victim did not have one of his fingers. According to them, only a whole person with all his/her parts intact could be offered to the gods. The King without a finger was deemed an abominable sacrifice for their gods. So they released the King.
Upon his return to the palace, the King authorized the release of his slave. He received the slave affectionately.
He asked his slave, "my dear, God was really good to me! I was almost killed by the wild men, but for lack of a single finger, I was let go! But I have a question: if God is so good, why did he allow me to put you in jail?"
The slave answered, "my King, if I had gone with you on this hunt, I would have been sacrificed instead because I have no missing finger. Remember everything God does is perfect. He is never wrong. He made you keep me in jail so I would not be with you on the hunt."
Often we complain about life, and negative things that happen to us, forgetting that nothing is random and that everything has a purpose.
Every morning, offer your day to God, don't be in a rush.
Ask God to inspire your thoughts, guide your actions, and ease your feelings. And do not be afraid. God is never wrong!
You know why this message is for you? I do not know, but God knows, because He never makes mistakes.......
The path of God and his word is perfect, without impurities. He is the way of all those who trust in Him, as He says in 2 Samuel 22: 31
What you do with this message is up to you. May God put in your heart the desire to understand why. God knows why He choose you to receive this message.
God is never wrong! "
So my hope for you today is
Make this the best day of your life and pass it on. Positive thinking is contagious!
You will get back 10x's what you put out, I believe that.