WHY DID GOD PUT ME IN THIS FAMILY?
Life is an Adventure – with a Sting in the Tail!
Welcome to Kindergarten!!!
It’s how you respond that counts!!
“Keep your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23
When God chose for you to be born into your family He “set you up” for the chance to go to the top of the mountain, into the Holy of Holies and into the heights of human experience.
He did that by carefully choosing your mum and dad, brothers and sisters, grandparents, uncles, aunties and cousins.
He also did that by choosing a wilderness for you to go through and giving you some tough times, then throwing in some high points – to see how you respond.
He dumped some garbage onto you and sprinkled some gold-dust as well.
And then He watched what you did with it all.
He gave you time, even patient when you messed it up – not giving you what you deserve as soon as you deserve it, but waiting and watching to see what your heart will do in response to all the good, the bad and the ugly of your life.
He did all that, as your “Kindergarten”.
If you flunk kindergarten you get stuck in the sandpit for the rest of your life, fighting with the other kids for the broken fire-truck and sun-bleached plastic spade.
If you flunk kindergarten you get to go back week after week and year after year to the same old squabbles, insecurities, petty jealousies, empty dreams, play acting, hurtful words and treadmill existence.
If you flunk kindergarten you get to carry a bunch of enslaving reactions and attitudes for the rest of your life.
Even when you grow old you will still be salve to the same childish struggles which trapped you in your childhood.
But if you succeed in kindergarten you move up to the next grade. You get to face some tougher challenges and more meaningful issues, which lead you to even more challenging situations where you can do much more decisive things which impact far beyond the sandpit. In time you may even stand on the mountain and God and see what God sees. You may hear His voice and feel His heartbeat about things that are yet generations away. You may change the course of nations and impact multitudes who don’t know your name.
How few ever rise above the first ridge! They tangle their tread with the cords of their selfish heart – snared by a mouth pouring venom from their beating chest. Rage and unforgiveness, outrage and intolerance, pride and indignation swirl churning in a stew of surging shame.
They trudge back to the sand-pit,
dirty shirted children,
bogged in a mire they cannot comprehend.
Fierce in their rebellion,
they jeer or cower or trudge on to their appointed end.
They raise a laugh and titter
and scramble for the glitter
of things that have no value, save to a vanquished soul.
They remonstrate and make demand
while others come and rake the sand,
and all this nonsense doesn’t make them whole.
So, is it any wonder
the world is torn asunder
and very few achieve the heights for which their life was born?
Very few have seen the light
that leads them through the darkest night
into the dazzling brilliance of the dawn.
So where are you upon this way;
in the sand-pit to this day?
Or have you found God’s Grace and made a start?
The road is very close at hand,
it starts with one foot in the sand,
for it’s a journey made within your heart.
Be diligent to keep your heart
from wrong reactions which then start
to poison all you have and all you are.
Forgive and trust and pass on grace,
to those around you in this race,
and you are sure to your journey high and far.
God bless you as you make a choice
to trust in God and then rejoice
in all that He has done for you and me.
God bless you as you trust Him still
and go His way each day until
you compass all that is your destiny.
Welcome to the Graduation!
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