Five Minute Friday- Day 26 of 31 Writing Challenge

“Accept”

I have spent my life having to accept hard truths. The truth that one man would terrorize my life for 20 years, the truth that my marriage would struggle for a long time before we found a way to make it work, the truth that I have adult children who struggle with addiction. I admit the hardest truth to swallow, is that we have no control in many of life’s challenges.

I have spent my life forced to accept hard truths. The truth that one man would terrorize my life for 20 years, the reality that my marriage would struggle for a long time before we found a way to make it work, the truth that I have adult children who struggle with addiction. I admit the hardest truth to swallow, is that we have no control in many of life’s challenges.

In learning to accept this fact, I have gained more wisdom. My thoughts are the thing I can control, and even then, God helps us to do that. Humans tend to put themselves above everything and everybody, but God calls us to be humble and have a gentle spirit. When I read scripture, God leads me to a heart of repentance and submission. The human need for power is the exact opposite of what God commands.

There is vulnerability in putting everything for God first. People fear relinquishing control. Why is that? How did fear become the hidden push behind a power-hungry mindset? Satan, that’s how. In the beginning, he tempted Eve with knowledge. Counter to God’s instruction, her personal choice (free will) led her to indulge that internal conflict of “me first.” One decision put self over God and became the way of life forever.

We still struggle to keep God first. We try, but given the way we live in today’s society, we fall short. Something in everything we do comes before God. Money, fame, material items, sports, people, time, we allow something to go before the God of our life.

As I watch my own life and recognize my sin in this, I have to accept the truth that I have work to do and changes to make. When I fully submit to God, my life will look different, and I can’t wait to watch the evolution of a life for God. It is an exciting time, and a change I humbly accept.

I have spent my life having to accept hard truths. The truth that one man would terrorize my life for 20 years, the truth that my marriage would struggle for a long time before we found a way to make it work, the truth that I have adult children who struggle with addiction. I admit the hardest truth to swallow, is that we have no control in many of life’s challenges.

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