“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. “So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live in such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” ~ J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring
What are you doing with your life? What are you doing with the time given to you? Are you making it count or are you wasting away the days looking for something better? That is the question that each of us must ask ourselves each day. Asking it will help to keep us focused on what is truly important because we all know how easy it is to get knocked off the path. Because of our human nature, it doesn’t take much to confuse or distract us.
We go through some things in our lives that we would never choose for ourselves. Maybe it’s illness, the loss of a family member or good friend, the loss of a job, or something else that throws us for a loop. We go through things that we say we would never wish on our worst enemy. While we may lament what has happened or what is happening, we know that we have no choice in the matter. It’s here. We need to deal with it.
That is what sets us apart from others. Some deal with it haphazardly. Some deal with it angrily. Still others deal with it with grace. It might be the same thing that they are all going through but their reactions to it reflect what is within. When we face what is happening to us with the Lord on our side, we will be able to overcome anything.
Some people ask the Lord to be with them at the first sign of a problem. Others wait until they are so mired down that they forget about the Lord. We have things to face today and in our many tomorrows. Are we going to face them with the Lord or are we going to try to face them on our own? If we choose to face them on our own, we know what’s going to happen.
FAITH ACTION: Ask the Lord to be with you in everything that you will have to face today.