Happy Thursday Divas! Today I am participating in Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. The writing prompt for this week was to write a post based on a word from a provided list ( explore, release, trust, acceptance and creativity. Since “accept” is one of my words for 2013, I chose acceptance! Here are my thoughts:
My eleven year old daughter has a huge problem with acceptance when things do not go her way. I guess fruit really doesn’t fall far from the tree. (LOL!) I keep saying to her: “You are going to have to learn to accept the word NO!”. Such a parenting thing to say, huh? Although I can certainly dish it out, can I take my own advice? Well, that depends. Acceptance is EASY when you are told you have won a chunk of money, not so much when the IRS sends you a large tax bill.
Miriam Webster’s online dictionary defines acceptance this way: an agreeing either expressly or by conduct to the act or offer of another. Now Divas, y’all know we can say yes with our mouths but our body language and conduct can say NO, really loudly. Sometimes, we even convince ourselves that we have boarded the train of acceptance only to really be on the merry go round of denial.
I think a major component of acceptance that affects how easily we can practice it is, truth.
In the book of John Jesus warned the disciples:
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NVI 1984)
The truth of the matter is…. bad stuff happens. In all reality we should expect it. Not in a way that we become Eeyore from Winnie the Poo, but to expect hardships as part of life. It is also true that I say: no, not now, I don’t know their parents, I don’t think that is a good idea, or simply because I said so to my daughter because I love her. She can trust that I have HER best interests in mind.
Although we don’t always understand God’s purposes in the trials we experience, we can trust His heart because we know Him. We can take heart, (be of good cheer and pleasantly experience true acceptance) knowing -no matter how bad the circumstances might be today – Christ has overcome the world and secured my victory.