Happy Saturday and day twenty-six of the 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes Challenge. Today’s word prompt is ACCEPT.
When life doesn’t go according to my plans, the competitor in me fights with reality. I punch with pouting, attempting to understand why and calculating how I can still get what I wanted. The battle is mentally, physically and spiritually exhausting. However, there is a healthier response called acceptance.
When I accept something, I stop wishing things were different and take responsibility for moving forward.
Ownership of what I can do now instead of desperately trying to change what has already happened is powerful. It also highlights the futility of asking why and brings forth more productive questions:
What positive steps can I take towards moving forward?
Are there any lessons I need to learn?
Am I expressing gratitude for the things going well in my life?
Have I continued to pray about my situation?
Do I trust God?
Is reading the Bible part of my daily routine?
How can I help someone else who may be struggling with this same issue?
Where is my expectation? Am I looking to God to move or am I looking to what the world has to offer?
“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” Isaiah 43:19 NLT
The “new thing” God did for the Israelites is happening right now for us. God’s new thing is the process of change happening on the inside of us as we become who He is calling us to be.
Our hurts are not our lives in total. When we accept what happened, learn from it, and make necessary personal changes versus being embittered by our offenses, we finish well. –The Distracted Dance of Resilience Day 18
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