#Write31Days – Post 28 – If You Were God

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I was listening to the radio this morning, when the show’s host posed the question:

If you were God, given all of his knowledge and power, what would be the first thing you would do?

Scoffed at the question, too easy.

But it wasn’t easy at all.

My first thought was to end abortions, but then I thought about the homeless.

So then I thought about ridding the world of homelessness, but then I remembered there are starving children with a roof over their heads.

I kept going down the trail… and I thought about criminals, and generally mean people.  I thought about poverty and in equality.  I thought about our country and developing nations.

Ultimately the trail brought me to the the only conclusion, the one thing that would be at the root of solving all these individual problems:  You have to change PEOPLE.  Changing their hearts so that they are more compassionate, honest, trustworthy, and good.  If you can change people, you can end abortion, murder, abuse, homelessness, starvation, etc.

When I picked up my daughter and her boyfriend from school, I posed the question to them.   Both smiled at the simpleness of the question, yet both struggled to give an answer.

The truth is even if God gave me all of his powers to do ONE thing… would only put a bandaid on a larger problem.  It would be also be moot, because God already did the ONE THING needed to save the world.

He sent His son, an innocent life, to die a sinners death, atoning for the sin of those He loves and calls His own.  Those who encountered Jesus before his death, became changed people…. and that hasn’t stopped and never will.

To change people, to change the world, we need to introduce them to Jesus.

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MY GREATEST LESSON CAME IN AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF PAIN

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I remember as a child, calling out to my mom, my legs hurt.  They hurt so incredibly bad, I didn’t think I could walk.  My mom said “they are growing pains”, gave me something for the pain and sent me on my way.  This was a part of life.  It was not going to hold me back.  I would experience a lot of physical pain, as I grew into an adult.

I recall one night, heart broken over that first love.  My heart was in pieces, it never felt like it would go back together again.  My mom assured me it would, maybe a bit differently, but that pain would go away.  These were also growing pains, ones that would shape my heart and my mind for the responsibilities to come.

One thing I always appreciated about my mom was that she never down played the pain.  It was ok to hurt, to acknowledge the pain, to even take a few minutes to wallow in it, but in the end… you get up.  You move forward.  I watched my mom go through growing pains too, when her life wasn’t exactly what she planned.  She had days of pain, she didn’t hide it.  She did, however, keep moving forward.

I have learned over the years, no matter how much older we get… or wiser… we still face the potential to experience growing pains.  Life will be full of lessons.  Some of us will face hard ones, and often.  Others may have softer lessons to learn, or less frequent.  Until we are on the other side of Heaven, we will face obstacles, difficulties and complications along our way.  All of which will teach us new things about ourselves, others and God.

Some of my greatest lessons, that I benefited the most from, were the ones accompanied by the most pain.  They were the ones that stripped me of everything that made sense, pulled me out from my comfort zone, and pushed me down to my knees.  It was in these moments I had to rely on God completely, because I couldn’t do it on my own … even if I tried.

It is funny, now, to look back on some of those moments in my past.  To see what God brought me through, and brought me to.

Recently, I found myself going through a “rough patch” again.  I recognized what was happening, I was being refined by fire…. but that didn’t diminish the pain.   The comfort I found, was that much like my mother… my Heavenly Father was not going to discount my pain.  Instead, He made a promise… “I am doing a new thing.”