Life is NOT What You Make of It

Life isn’t what you make of it although that’s what the world wants you to believe. Life is what you allow God to make of it! You have to give your life over to Him and let Him do with it what He wills.

Sure, you can make something of your life apart from God. That’s entirely possible. But that’s too much work. Work in the wrong direction. Work for the wrong reason. Work for no eternal benefit…

I am more content with the last 8 or so years of my life than I was with the first 32. Although the first 32 seemed alright, there wasn’t much walking with God going on then…so it had little eternal value. I did very little to further God’s kingdom. I did little to bring glory to His name. I was making my own life rather than giving it to Him to make.

But that’s what He asks for – a life surrendered and handed to Him.

I’ve done that in the last 8 years. Surrendered my life. Handed it over to Him. He is making my life what He wants it to be.

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About the time I started listening to God’s voice for the first time in my life…

What DOES He want it to be?

I’m not sure yet – although I am confident that He will use it for His glory.

He’s mostly been pruning so far. There’s been a lot of dead limbs, excess leaves, and unripened fruit to get rid of first.

All that extra stuff came from 32 years of trying to make my own life what I wanted it to be.

So, there’s been a lot of work. It’s been painful. There’s been some sacrifice. Some things have had to go. Other things had to change. Priorities had to shift.

He’s not done, so I’m still here, letting Him make my life what He wants it to be.

Everything I Needed to Know I Learned from My Mama

“You get out of it what you put into it.”

Mama didn’t always say this aloud, but she taught me this with her life.

And she’s right.

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Me, my mom, and my sister – 2011

Much of the time, if you take a crappy attitude into an experience, the experience will be crappy.  If you go into something with a positive attitude, the experience can be positive.

There are always exceptions we could discuss.  I’m sure you have stories to the contrary as do I.  But I am confident in saying that my mom’s lesson holds true the majority of the time.

It has to do with the fact that what we expect to happen is usually what happens: We make our expectations reality.  It’s called self-fulfilling prophecy.

If you tell yourself beforehand that something is going to suck, that you’re going to hate it, then that’s probably what will happen.

You’ve mentally set yourself up for it. You’ve predisposed yourself for it to happen.

Mentally, you’ve shut down or closed-off – expecting the worst.  You’re less likely to hear and properly receive things that are said.  Your body language is communicating negativity, and that will influence your interactions with other people, too.

It’s just all-around a bad deal.

But the opposite is true as well.  If you tell yourself this thing you’re about to do might be fun, you might learn something new or meet some new people, or at least get to see a new place, the outcome is probably going to be much more positive.

You set yourself up for a favorable outcome because that is what you expect – that the experience will be positive.  Since you’re in a positive mind-frame, that will physically show in your body which will have an influence on other people around you.

You’ll probably have a positive experience.

Don’t believe me?  Try it next time you have to do something – especially something new.  Give yourself a pep talk.  Tell yourself it’ll be interesting.  You’ll learn something new.  You’ll meet some interesting people.  Maybe the food will be really good or the scenery will be pretty.

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Image Credit: TheBible.com

Think of positive things and your frame of mind has to respond.  It will have a good influence over your experience.

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