One of the reasons I use Twitter is because I find it challenging to write anything in only 140 characters. I need practice in being succinct.
The #Tworship question was easy however, three words came to mind immediately:
I can so often ask myself “Why me?” when life is hard. What about asking the same questions when life is abundant and blessed?
I sat with Matthew and Carla on the flight from Miami to La Paz. We had six hours to talk and get to know each other. So we shared . . .
Toward the end of the flight as I began to feel more comfortable with these new friends, I shared some of our story with them. Some of the life experiences that are healed but have left scars, and some that are still in the process of healing.
Matthew looked at me with an expression that said, I didn’t see that one coming, and then spoke these words that I will never forget.
“From your comments on Facebook and Twitter, and your posts on CMB, I would never have imagined. I really thought you were . . . “
I don’t remember his exact words, but what I heard was this: a Pollyanna, a sunshine and butterflies, rainbows and roses kind of person.
You know the, “rose-colored glasses” thing I hear so often.
The truth is that I have my wounds and scars just like everyone else – but I pray everyday not to live there.
When I ask myself, “Why me?” I wonder why I have been blessed:
- to be born in the U.S.
- to Christian parents
- to be blessed with a college education
- to be married to a loving godly man
- with children and grandchildren
- with health
- with the gift of two living miracles
- with a home
- with plenty of food to eat
- with friends
- with a church family
- and that is just the beginning.
I spent time with people in Bolivia who have next to nothing, and not one time did I hear the comment, “Why me?”
That is why as I thought about the words that currently describe my life, I determined them to be: humbled, thankful, and blessed.
And when I ask myself, “Why me?”
I must reply, “I don’t know why except for the amazing grace of God!” And that is the reason I will daily strive to look at life through “grace-colored glasses!”
I begged the Lord three times to take this problem away from me. But He said to me, “My grace is enough for you. When you are weak, my power is made perfect in you.” So I am very happy to brag about my weaknesses. Then Christ’s power can live in me. 2 Corinthians 12:8-9 (NCV)