I love Seth Godin’s response to this question. Take a look:
Sometimes it feels like God Himself has opposed us and our efforts to succeed. The stars seemed aligned for breakthrough and suddenly catastrophe strikes. Hearbreak disrupts. Hope is lost.
There’s are times I feel thwarted and it angers me to the core. The injustice of my good intentions falling apart before execution is too much to bear.
Then there are times when being thwarted feels special. Almost like a privilege. When my insides feel cleaner and purified by the process of disappointment. As though I am being pruned. And while my desires are not being fulfilled, somehow I know that I am better off for it.
That’s hard to live with, though. The moment passes and that sense of rightness dissipates. And what’s left but rationalizations of how being thwarted was only the result of my disorganization. My lack of preparedness.
Thank you, Father, for thwarting me when it is in the best interests of my heart to be conformed into the image of your will. It’s painful, but it’s sweet. Thank you for this precious sacrament.
“He was enabled to become a father because he considered Him faithful who had made the promise.”
Our God is faithful to fulfill His promises. In the face of impossibility, let us consider Him faithful.
Between God’s promises in our life and the palace of our divine purpose is always the process that molds us into the person we need to be to stay seated in the palace.
– Kris Vallotton
There may not be a “next move of God” for many of us unless there is a dramatic shift in the way we conduct our lives and ministries. Old paradigms of thinking must die; new vision must be embraced. Practically speaking, the difference between success and failure for many will be determined by a willingness to accommodate change.
– Larry Randolph
The irony is that for more than two decades, we as a church have been hearing the call to adapt and posture ourselves for a radical shift in the way we do life, yet we react with disgust or disbelief when specific action is proposed. And yet, we have more than a little biblical precedence indicating that revelation often comes from people or sources we might easily dislike or ignore.
Some People Smoke, Drink, or Do Drugs. I journal.
Or I once did. So well that I could put my every thought and feeling down on paper.
Then something happened.
I’m not quite sure what it was.
That’s not true. I remember now.
Then I suffered some more.
And now the words have been pressed from me like a grape.
What does it mean when you can no longer put the words together to form a sentence? Or to share your heart?
I’ve written for a dozen different blogs since I got started back in 2005. I bought more than 50 domain names in my quest for the perfect place to call home. I don’t believe I’ve ever spent more on a domain name than this one. Sidenote: that’s a sad fact since my wife isn’t crazy about it and would probably have preferred half a dozen other names I bought before this.
I’m here to tell you that dying to self is not all bad. The weeks, months, and years leading up to it can be pretty rough, but the actual experience of dying to self is more a mixture of pain and pleasure.