Adaptable, Forgiving & Hopeful
These are three words that discribe who I am. I don’t remember exactly when I adopted them but I know it was later in life. All my children know these words in association with me and why they are part of who I am.
When the sea of life has been tumultuous one learns to steer through the storms. One truly does need to adapt as angry seas sweep over their life, their plans and threaten to drown the lifebreath from them. Adaptabilty is a life preserver.
I have found that it is a way of survival as we walk through this life. After all none of us know what tomorrow may bring. Being adaptable does not necessarily mean conforming and yet within reason may require it of us. I suppose it falls in line with quotes like….when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
Forgiving is also who I am. I have been forgiven so much that I cannot live my life with an unforgiving spirit. Unforgiveness robs us of too many precious things. I have seen such harm to lives of those with an unforgiving or bitter spirit. When we realize that nothing happens in this life that God has not allowed, that all things are reserved for him to judge, we can be assured that all wrongs we have experienced will be made right. When we leave it to him, we free ourselves of carrying such a burdensome load and live life more sweetly.
Hebrews 11:1 says that faith is the substance of things hoped for. Being hopeful exibits faith and without faith it is impossible to please God. So not only do I please God when I exibit hope and faith, I benefit from all the positive things that hope rewards the hopeful with.
I believe that each of these traits alone shine forth a character that is a good one to claim. I am blessed to have them associated with me. I was not born with them but learned them through testings this life brings. I wear them proudly, yet without a proud spirit.
Ms Linda Darlene