Embracing Life

So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’” says the LORD Almighty.” – Zechariah 4:6

Embracing Life

Embracing life means embracing all of it, including the people who make it difficult.  I call these people “character builders.”  You may hate the fact they’re in your life, but without them you’d never come close to what God wants for you.  These people that are so tough are actually a gift from God.  Like me, you can probably look at the character you’ve developed and see it didn’t get there from people being nice to you.  It’s there because of some very tough treatment by people who didn’t have your best interest in mind.

Remember the story of David and Goliath?  If David had taken on a third grader I don’t think we’d have heard much about it.  Or how about Daniel in the lions den?  If it were a den of hamsters no one would be talking about that today!  The bigger the challenge the more God can do with it.  It is difficult things and people that make up the stories of our lives in a way that brings honor to God.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of chal­lenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King, Jr.



  1. Carol January 5, 2016 at 8:26 am - Reply

    Great perspective
    and inSIGHT!!!:-))))))
    Love SEEing it that way!
    Yes it sure does pay
    to LOOK
    and Listen
    to NEW Life!!!!!:-D

  2. Marti January 5, 2016 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    Not only is this great insight, but it is perfect timing. Just tonight my boss was sharing with me some challenges she’s facing with some people at work who appear to want to sabotage her growth and do not have her best interest at heart. She has chosen to address the challenge by praying for them, and I am in agreement with her in prayer. Oh what an awesome God we serve.

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