The key to it all? The key to forging the “dark side of life” lightly? Simply put, Christ.
As I’ve recently been rummaging through my life I am completely humbled by how completely faithful God has been to me. Condition-less. I see how the plans that I MADE and executed failed, but somehow, when everyone would say there’s nothing that could possibly be salvaged from a situation the most brilliant outcome came about WHEN I took a simple, modest and humble advance towards God. I’ve learned that God is so honest, completely faithful and merciful I CAN LEAP into HIS PLAN.
“…If your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!” Those are Jesus’ words!
Jesus is that way towards me (and you). As many poor decisions as I’ve made (don’t ask for references, it would be too long a list to compile) IT DOESN’T MATTER, JESUS CAN always make good of my worst (and I have an equal reference list for this). This goes beyond the poor decisions that I’ve made; it includes forced rotten decisions made for us, by parents, government, and the painful decisions life forces upon us…anything can be made into amazing when we simply, humbly, beautifully A.S.K.
Heart Check: Is your pride keeping you from the peace and joy Jesus wants to give you?