And all of these are what creates the "D-A-S-H" in my life.
My birth was not determined by my parents. I was not an accident. Have you ever wondered why we were born on the day we were? Why weren't we a day earlier, a week later? And what is more amazing is that regardless of my choices (my dash), I have no control over the date of my death. I sometimes may think I am this all mighty powerful being that controls my environment, circumstances, and future but realistically, it's not up to me. Even the time I chose to make an attempt on my life, God intervened and said, "Not Yet, I'm not finished with you."
If I think I have control, I am fooling myself. Sure, my choices may result in the way some things turn out, but they don't turn out that way because of me. They are purposed in my life to create character. When I think of that, sometimes I get angry and frustrated telling myself, "Then what's the point? Why even try to be a good, kind, and loving person if regardless of what I do, I still may end up miserable? What's the point of being a person full of integrity if it makes no difference to others? What is the point of moving out of my comfort zone? Why allow myself to open up to others? Why have faith or hope in anything if I'm only going to be disappointed?"
WOW - As I just typed all that down, I could hear one thing. Can you? It screamed - ME! ME! ME!
So, WHY? Because all those things do matter. They matter to the only one whose opinion really counts. Not mine. Not those who we love most. Not those who we want to impress. No!
They matter to the one who was so loving, so selfless, so humble, so patient, so faithful, so gentle, so kind that he gave up His life, so that we could live. Do you know anyone who would do that? I'm sure there are people who have said, "I would do anything for you," but if that were the case wouldn't we be living in a perfect world without deceit, lies, anger, jealousy, insecurities, pride, and self destructive behavior? News Flash - We clearly do not.
So then what's the point? The point is I want to be that person. I want my "D-A-S-H" in this life to be full of love, full of selflessness, full of humility, patience and kindness, and so full of joy that when I look in the mirror the reflection I see is Jesus. I will never do it perfect, but because of His grace He is the only one who will ever accept me unconditionally. He will never condemn me, He will never belittle me, He will never tell me I'm worthless, He will never leave me. He will only love me ♥. Today until the day I die is my dash, and I'm responsible for that.
I'll leave you with this, something I heard in a sermon from Greg Laurie and the inspiration for this blog, "God is responsible for the beginning and end of my life. I'm responsible for the dash."