I lift up my eyes to the hills–where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. God will not let your foot slip–God who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, the God who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you–the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm–and will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121
“Life is totally unfair. And the only real predictor of good or bad luck is the ability to deal with setbacks. ” Quote from “An American Princess” by Annejet van der Zijl
A Word of Hope
I just read “An American Princess” and am blown away by how Allene Tew made the best of her life and was a joyful and optimistic person most of the time in spite all the many setbacks she endured. She started over many times and even survived the most disastrous economic times in her lifetime.
I post optimistic thoughts on Facebook daily. I hope people who are searching for a bit of encouragement or a smile feel better for having seen my posts.
As a director of a boys’ ranch, when teenage boys used to complain that a decision I made was “not fair” I often told them “Life is not fair.” And most of the time it benefits you. If life was really fair, we would get caught and ticketed EVERY time we exceeded the speed limit. We would be punished every time we broke any rule. But lucky for us, usually life is not FAIR! God gives us unconditional love and grace instead of being fair. How wonderful is that?
Life is manageable in the way we respond. If we make up our mind to be positive, the setbacks we face are bumps in the road, not a wall that ends our happiness. The 121st Psalm reminds us that God is in control and desires good for us.
Gracious God, you give us unconditional love. Help us remain positive and face each challenge with your help. Help us see all the beauty of the life you give us. Thank you for the amazing joy you place in our souls.
Cathedral of Hope Volunteer