Unfinished Business

It’s amazingly simple to give someone else wise advice…especially if you’ve gone through the same trials.  It makes you feel good to encourage and build others up and help them go on with life. 

On the other hand, have you ever noticed how hard it is for you to take your own advice?  Even when you know it’s the right thing to do.  I talk here in my blog about praying, staying positive, going forward…. 

These things are very easy to write about and I know without a doubt they’re true….if only.  I do admit I’m getting better about doing all these things.  It’s beginning to feel a little more natural. 

However, it amazes me how quickly I can slip back into my head and listen to the wrong voices.  It could be as simple as dropping something on the floor that sets me off.  It could even be a Facebook post.  I can’t even tell you how ugly I act sometimes.  I hate it when I do that!!!!

And, I’m not scared to say that I’m the one preaching to you here.  You can overcome….anything with His help.  I still believe that, but I’m tellin you, it ain’t easy. 

Rest assured that no matter what you happen to be going through, your world and circumstances will change.  It’s inevitable. 

But, in our minds we like to paint our world where everything will all work out.  It will all be unicorns and butterflies.  We’re happy, happy, happy…..

Then BAM!!! Something goes wrong and here come the doubts and “why me” again.  Why do we do that?  Why do we lose the peace so easily?  Why does He put up with us?   Why do we make it so hard…when the solution is actually simple? 

Could it be that we haven’t practiced including Him enough?  Have you figured out the answer?  It’s yes…at least for me.

Seriously, it’s no big challenge to be happy and thankful when the road we’re on is smooth.  But, heaven forbid that we stumble over an obstacle.  Here comes the wah…wah…wambulance to take us back to the Pity Party Hospital.  The staff knows me by name. 

There have even been times that I’ve asked God….do you hear me…at all?   Well, do ya?  Of course, at once I feel guilty about it, because I know He does.  Then my mind goes “why in the world would He answer me when I’m acting like a nutcase?”  Amazing Grace!

Each time I have to slap myself around a little and ask for forgiveness…again.  I pick myself back up and I say “He’s not done with me”.  No, not yet. 

I realize that I will still fail, but I’m unfinished.  He has a whole heck of a lot of work to do to make me into the masterpiece He created me to be.

I pray, like me, you truly believe that if He started something good in us, then He’s gonna complete it.  Don’t you think?  There’s no reason we shouldn’t be celebrating this truth…every day.  No matter the circumstance.  Thankfully, He hasn’t stopped working on us. 

His history shows the kind of God He is.  We may never understand why He leaves so many questions unanswered this side of heaven.  We may feel He’s abandoned us at times…especially if we’re not attuned to His presence.  But, I believe with all my heart that I can trust Him.  Even when I’m not reacting as I know I should, I still believe it. 

Remind yourself that He’s not finished with you either.  If you have doubts, did you wake up this morning?  So there!  No more doubts. He’s still working on you.

Trust & believe!  And by all means, forgive yourself when you fail.  Pick yourself back up and live like you believe His truth. You were created to be a masterpiece as well.  He’s stronger than any of our circumstances.  And, for that I’m eternally grateful.

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