I have noticed something recently and spent a good share of time pondering it – people come and go in life for a reason. I have had many friendships fade and in hindsight, it is completely evident why! The closer I get to Jesus, the more distant old friends seem. God does this. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!” There it is my friends, alas, I am NEW! Like it or not, I am new and I have committed my life to Jesus and doing all I can to live as He did. Matthew 5:17 tells me that “But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Life meaning NEW life. Saved life. Eternal life. Heaven. I want to go to Heaven and there is one way to get there – Christ alone! Jesus said, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” So, like it or not, I am new. I have my eyes set on the prize. The real, loving, powerful, peaceful, fearless, hopeful, ALMIGHTY GOD.
Friends and family have “hidden” my posts on facebook in an attempt to protect themselves from too much positivity. I mean, who wants to be happy anyway?! (Hehe) Seems silly to enjoy everyday. Afterall, “why is she always so happy?” I know too many people who spend their lives kicking stones and feeling sorry for themselves and the absolutely BLESSED life they lead. If you live in America, have a roof over your head, clothes on your back and food in your belly, you are BLESSED. Stop it. Just stop it. Living in misery and sulk is YOUR choice alone. Choose joy. Just do it.
To answer the question, you know, “Why is she always so happy?” God. God is the reason I leap from bed every morning fist pumping all the way to my bowl of Wheaties. God is the reason I celebrate wildflowers, tea, friends, family, sunshine, a flourishing garden, rainbows and the smell of fresh-cut grass. God. I decide every night to be thankful and every morning to be hopeful. God has something new for me everyday! GRACE! Do we face trial? Yes! Painful trial and question. Confusion. Do I lay around and whine and wallow in self-pity? NO! Do I lay it all at the foot of His cross?! Yes! Does He have a plan drafted in gold ink for my family? He has a master plan!
To sum this up tonight, I just have to reflect for a minute on the friendships that have faded. They all were good in due season. They all seemed to have good reason. But God is the drafter. He knows who comes and who goes…and why. With that I RELEASE those friendships!
I believe the best season yet is on the horizon. Stay tuned for so many GOOD things to come!