OK, that might not feel like it gives you freedom, but think about it a bit more. If whatever you're dealing with or if whatever you're wanting to change stayed as it is and there is nothing you can do about, you can quit thinking about that. You can learn to be content within this situation.
We are called to learn to be content. Contentment is .....wow, what is it? Millions can't buy it. Billions can't buy it. Position and power can't give it to you.
Here's what I wrote in my journal this morning: "If never get a new roof it will be okay. My kids upstairs each have a heating blanket or heated mattress pad. If it is stays tight financially for the rest of my life, it will be just fine -- God always comes through and things work out amazingly.
None of the stuff we want changed (that takes more than ourselves to do it) just doesn't matter.
Really think about this if there is something in your life that is weighing you down.
Let it go.
On the flip side, if there is something you need to do to bring about change, don't wait. Just do it.
I digress but I am so thankful today for the way I get to spend my days. My days with Hawken are lovely. Here's a picture I took yesterday:
People looking from the outside sometimes see me as some kind of super person since I take care of my total-needs teenager. Or others just think it might be drudgery.
I sure didn't pick it, and I remember once when Hawk was three, I shared my heart with a friend. We didn't know how long he'd live (none of us know this about any of our lives actually), and I didn't want him to die, but I also was looking toward the future and thinking caring for him for the rest of his life and I was overwhelmed. Both possibilities seemed so full of heartbreak.
But here we are ten years later and I am so thankful I get to hang out with him. His helplessness has taught me so much about God and His love and how He works -- so many things.
I've had one person say to me, "I sure wouldn't want your life."
God equips us for the life He gives us.
Do you enjoy your days? God wants you to. If you absolutely hate what you do at work, you probably need a different job. If you absolutely dread your days, seek God. This is something you can change.
This blog is still in transition. I want to get back to writing more of a Perfectly Blunt Column style of post. And I will. Transitions take time.
A verse for you to apply to the contentment issue:
"Then Hezekiah and all the people rejoiced over what God had prepared for the people, because the thing came about suddenly." 2 Chronic