Many times in life we tend to focus on what we have lost in our life
instead of focusing rather on what we still have. It is easy to murmur
and complain about the difficulties of life, but the true appreciation of
life comes in not what we have lost, but in what we have left. God is a
good God and even though He allows difficulties to come into our life, we
should continue to see the big picture and know that our future is bright,
even though it may seem very dim right now. I encourage you to trust the
Lord in all areas and know that He has a great plan for your life.
This is an encouraging true story written by Dr. Robert Schuller. I hope
you are inspired and challenged by this message to see the good in life and
not so much of the bad. It is up to us in how we look at life. I hope
that you look at life in a positive way and know that God is on your side
no matter how tough the struggles may get. (2 Chronicles 20:17)
LIFE'S NOT FAIR, BUT GOD IS GOOD
I have four daughters, one son, and twelve grandchildren. When we have
get-togethers, there are twenty-four of us around the table---all ages. A
wonderful family. But our family has had some tough times.
My wife had cancer and had a breast removed. The toughest time was when I
was in Korea. I was ministering and I got a telephone call. The call was
from an American and the caller said, 'Dr. Schuller, your daughter Carol
has been in a terrible accident.' Carol was thirteen at that time.
She went for a ride as a passenger on a motorcycle. Her driver went faster
and faster. All of a sudden he hit an oncoming car, and Carol was thrown
through the air seventy-five feet. Her left leg was hanging by a tendon.
She was bleeding badly and screaming in pain.
The doctor came, but couldn't give her anything for her pain. She endured
the pain as she was rushed to the hospital. The doctor worked to save her
life. She had blood transfusions---seventeen pints of blood. Now, that is
getting pretty close to losing your life. The doctor called me in Korea and
said, 'We are going to have to amputate her leg.' The word cut through me
like a knife---amputate! My wife and I caught the first flight home to America.
On the way back, I could tell I was going to cry. I went to the toilet and
closed the door. I started to cry out loud, and I prayed, 'Oh God, if
there is a God, why did this have to happen?' It hurt me so badly to know
when I got home; my daughter would have only one leg. Then a thought went
through my mind: play it down, and pray it up. I thought to myself: it's
not so bad, she still has one leg, two arms, her face, two eyes---She's
Alive! Look at what she has left, instead of what she has lost.
Today, twelve years later, that beautiful girl is married and has two
children. She is very happy and an inspiration to many.
Do you know what she would say...? She would say what I said, from the
Bible: "I have a plan for your life, a plan for good, not evil, a plan to
give you a future with hope."
You can choose either to be a skeptic or a believer. Birds were meant to
fly. Flowers were meant to bloom. Humans were designed to believe in
beauty, in love, in truth, in God.
By Dr. Robert H. Schuller
I truly believe that happiness comes from the inside out. When problems
and difficulties arise; it is our inner man that determines how we are
going to handle that situation. We can look at it in a positive way and
know that God has a purpose and a plan behind that problem, or we can
decide to be pessimistic and think that our life no longer has any meaning.
The correct way to look at negative situations is to always have the right
attitude and have faith that God is with you and will bring you forth
stronger and in the end, Victorious. (Proverbs 16:20) (2 Chronicles 20:14-26)
If there is a great problem in your life right now and you think that there
is no hope, I have good news for you. With the Lord Jesus Christ as your
Leader, Encourager and Helper, there is no problem big enough that God is
not able to solve. Keep your Faith, your eyes and your heart focused on
the Lord and continually let your confession be, "The Lord is my Shepherd,
I shall not want." (Matthew 7:7-11) (Psalm 23:1) (Psalm 18:1-3)
I encourage you to never listen to the enemy's lies who is always trying to
bring you down, but rather keep your eyes focused on Heaven and give thanks
to the Lord for His infinite Grace, Mercy and Love that is from everlasting
to everlasting. He has promised in His word that He will never leave you
nor forsake you, so you show yourself strong in Him and you will see great
results come forth. (John 10:10-11) (Psalm 103:17-18) (Hebrews 13:5-6)
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Romans 8:28 "And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose."
Psalm 72:12-15 "For He shall deliver the needy when he crieth; the poor
also, and him that hath no helper. He shall spare the poor and needy, and
shall save the souls of the needy. He shall redeem their soul from deceit
and violence: and precious shall their blood be in His sight. And he shall
live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: prayer also shall be
made for him continually; and daily shall he be praised."
Jeremiah 29:11-14 "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith
the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.
Then shall ye call upon Me, and ye shall go and pray unto Me, and I will
hearken unto you. And ye shall seek Me, and find Me, when ye shall search
for Me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORDů"
Job 5:17-22 "Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore
despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For He maketh sore, and
bindeth up: He woundeth, and His hands make whole. He shall deliver thee
in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. In famine
He shall redeem thee from death: and in war from the power of the sword.
Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue: neither shalt thou be
afraid of destruction when it cometh. At destruction and famine thou
shalt laugh: neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth."
All scriptures can be found in the King James Version.
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