Sunday, January 15, 2012

Why Does Everything Happen To ME??

Why Does Everything Happen To ME?? Years ago I took a drive with my roommate Janna, as we stopped to shop she twisted her ankle on the way back to the car. It immediately began to swell up double in size. Since she was injured, that left ME to drive the car we had borrowed from our mutual friend Melinda. In all the commotion, the seatbelt warning light got stuck on which drained the car battery. Melinda was forced to buy a new battery. Why does everything happen to ME?

Driving with ME does have its issues. Last Christmas my sister Sheri and I went to visit our Texas friend Billye. Her home was magnificently decorated with multicolored lights lining the house and driveway. Sheri, my chauffeur, was directed to drive around another car in the driveway ... as the sounds of snap, crackle, pop echoed down the street we realized that an entire string of Christmas lights had been flattened by the car. Sheri was embarrassed and Billye’s decorations were ruined. Why does everything happen to ME?

Janna hurt her ankle, Melinda had to buy a new battery, Sheri was embarrassed, Billye’s decorations were flattened ... and I’m whining because it affected my day. Hind sight gives ME a greater perspective with the most accurate description of ME = My Ego. How many myopic moments have I spent focused on ME instead of the one in distress? Drama does occur but not just to ME. Pastor Jim reminded ME today that our story is our testimony of faith. When I share my experiences, I want it to be a story of positive encouragement for the moments of restoration, redemption, and revival despite the disappointments. Focusing on the path ahead instead of my own feet not only frees ME from self-pity but opens my eyes to the ones around ME that do deserve the encouragement and support. Everything does not happen to ME; but everything does happen for a reason.

Phillipians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in EVERYTHING, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” ME is better served to submit My Everything to God.

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