Accepting that you are a created being means accepting that there are things over which you have no control.
Live in denial? Some do.
Fight it? Some do.
Give up? Some do that as well.
I choose to follow Jesus. The result of that choice can feel like a solitary life at times. And sometimes that choice means that people hate me.
The choice was mine to follow Him. And every day, every moment, that choice is still mine.
I must accept the consequence of my choice. It doesn’t make them less painful. It does make me more honest.
I wrote that a while ago. Clearly, I experienced some of the lesser desired impacts of choosing to follow Jesus’ commands. Now I sit, some time after, and I see the wisdom in those choices. Going into details would be unwise. What I can say, however, is that the choices have been rewarded. Had I chosen differently back then, had I succumbed to religious pressure then, I would not have the rewards of the friendships developing now–rewarding, inspiring friendships.
Rather than compromising what I knew to be true, I stood up and was ostracized for that choice. But now, I am surrounded by depth and humor and Spirit-filled inspiration that would have not been possible otherwise.
This is the conundrum of faith–choosing one way now, not knowing when the fruit will be seen or felt. Seeing the fruit in hindsight encourages our faith to make the right decision in the future. Seeing in hindsight
“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to his purpose.” –Romans 8:28
It is not blind faith. It is God proving himself across the span of time, encouraging us through His action to believe He is acting again, even when we do not yet see the reward.
Hindsight truly is 20-20.
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