The Life I’ve Been Assigned

I struggle sometimes with what to write. I try to think about what is going on in my life at the time and what I think would help the most to get written down.

Sometimes I know exactly what I want to write, but have no idea how to put it into words.

Today is one of those days. I read a bible verse today that really hit me: “Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.” To me, this speaks of contentment and thankfulness.

Am I content? Have I made decisions that have left me at peace? Am I accepting of the life I have been assigned? Do I show my appreciation for it?

Over the last few weeks, I have really struggled with this (one day, I may be brave enough to talk about it fully, but today is not that day). But the answer is yes, I am. I am so happy with the life I have.

Sometimes we fight and struggle for things and we attain them (Sawyer, for instance). Sometimes things fall into our lap without so much as a thought. Sometimes though, we fight and push and pray, and it’s simply not in our cards (like a second child). It’s not part of our assignment. (I can hear Mick Jagger singing about not getting what I want as I write this.)

As a teacher, I appreciate the assignment metaphor. I assign work and expect it to be done and reward effective completion. But the kids aren’t always a fan of the assignment. They complain or whine or disregard it all together. Yet, I can’t be like those students.

When it comes to life, the life God has given me, I’m not supposed to be that way. God has given me this life to live and I need to make sure I’m always thankful for it. I need to have faith that “for those who love God all things work together for good” (Romans 8:28). God’s plans are always better than my own.

Keep in mind, that’s not saying one shouldn’t strive to reach their goals or achieve their dreams. I have so much I’d like to achieve in this life that I’ve yet to do, and I plan to do them (Google the Manitou Incline in Colorado and you’ll have an idea). It’s just a matter of being thankful each day for what I do have and not lamenting what I think I lack.

So that’s what I’m going to strive for: thankfulness and contentment each day. I have an amazing husband and an amazing son. What else could I possibly need?

What about you? What are you striving for? What are you thankful for?

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