Saturday, April 19, 2014

Please take the Time to Locate the Exit Nearest You

People are strange. If we know that there is a simple way out, we tend to inch our way toward it more and more when the going gets tough. Especially when we know that the easier thing may be just to quit.
My boyfriend and I disagree on something, time to break up.
This job is too difficult, time to give up.
My life is too difficult, time to get out.

Relationships have issues, jobs take some learning, and life... well, life is hard. It is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. But you see, this is how we all tend to think. The thought crosses all of our minds at least once. Wouldn't it be easier to just "cop out"? Walk away? Give up?
 Contrary to the Google translation of Frozen's "Let it Go", Letting something go and giving up are not the same thing.

As I am sitting here writing this on the eve of the Resurrection of our Lord, I cannot help but think of how Jesus wanted a way out. He prayed to God for any other way to save us.
"And going a little further he fell on his face and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.'" Matthew 26:39
But we know that if there was any other way, God would have chosen it. Therefore, Jesus could not and would not just give up because he did not want to do it anymore. God loves us so much that He sent his son to suffer the most brutal punishment, being beaten almost to death and then hung on a cross to die, all to save us from our sin. And then, he rose from the dead in three days! No one gave up on us, no one decided to just leave us in our sin without any hope of forgiveness.
So how can we even think about running away from a situation without even trying. Just because you know where the exits are does not mean you need to use them. Let go of things in the past or present making you second guess your decisions, but do not simply give up because things get too hard or you are afraid of what may come of it. Life is going to throw you some hard balls sometimes, but you can't let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game. (Thank you Babe Ruth) We should know that God is with us every step of the way. He has plans for us and He is not going to let anything harm us.
So, yes, when on an airplane make sure you take the time to locate the exit nearest you. But in regular every day life try not to take it so literally and follow what God has in store for you.

"I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Ephesians 4: 12-13

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