Why do bad things happen? People wound us, dreams shatter, and circumstances beyond our control park in our driveway.
I call these seasons “ugly.”
Yet God has called us to be overcomers. Guess what we are to be “overcoming?” Yep, you got it—the ugly.
And here’s the catch: We only have one lifetime to be “overcomers.” Once you get to Heaven, there’s nothing to overcome.
Here’s how to get a godly perspective on your ugly situations:
Imagine yourself in the High Court of the King of Kings discussing the ugly in your life. (You are there, you know, even if it doesn’t seem real—see Ephesians 2:5-7).
Since you are seated in heavenly places with Christ right now, consider these questions.
1. Two hundred years from now, as we are sitting at your favorite coffee shop in the New Jerusalem, what will you share with me about this ugly?
2. Will it be about how negative the situation was, or will you share the instructions God gave you to walk through it honoring him?
3. Will you share how horrible someone was, or will it be how God adjusted your attitude to relate rightly with others involved?
4. Will you tell me about the promises God gave you to hold onto as you walked through this ordeal?
5. Will we talk about the grace and love of God that brought peace?
We can’t talk about those things someday if you haven’t focused on them now. The story you share with me will be about how you wished you had done it different instead of what you learned walking in the midst of the ugly.
If you don’t learn to overcome today, you won’t have much of a story to tell me then.
You are an eternal person. How you deal with the ugly now determines what kind of overcoming reputation you’ll one day wear in Heaven.
You’re building a spiritual legacy that carries far into the ages to come. Don’t mishandle the ugly.
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Susan Gaddis, Helping you build a spiritual legacy
“Jesus likes it when we share” -Adelaide Ayes, age 3 Pass this along to everybody and their brother. Ok, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know… all of your friends would be good.