IT’S NOT ABOUT ME!
I have been reflecting on this past year of my life and although I keep telling people that I pray 2018 is better than 2017, the journey I have walked in 2017 has made a huge impact on my life. In January of this year, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Ten months after the diagnosis I am finishing up treatments…FINALLY.
One of the things that I realized, is how when “life happens” to us, it can turn our whole world upside down. I can wake up in the morning feeling good about myself and life in general, and then all of the sudden…
- I run into someone who leaves me feeling sad or upset.
- I have a conversation that can leave me feeling unappreciated or like I’ve failed.
- I receive a phone call that sends life in a whole new direction.
The list can go on and on.
What I have learned these last ten months is that all of the things that happen to us in life are just that, they are things that happen.
They are not who we are. Who we are, are the things that we CHOOSE!
We can choose…
- To be upset or joyful
- To feel unappreciated or driven
- To be scared or brave
We all have choices to make every day, from the time we wake up in the morning until our head hits the pillow at night. Some of the choices are big and some are small, but they are all choices…those choices are ours to make and we must Be Intentional in making them.
All the things that happen to us in life are external things. But our internal existence, the thing that dictates our emotional and outward reactions to all the externals, should be guided by one thing … Him. He has provided us with that guidance in His word.
John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me, you can do nothing.
Galatians 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Our ability to Be Intentional when we choose love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control, even when “life happens,” is when we stay connected to Him.
You see, this life is not about us, our hopes, dreams and desires. Rather, it’s about when He can do through us.
It’s really all about Him.