Life is Not Always a Bed of Roses

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Life is Not Always a Bed of Roses

Have you ever felt tired of everything that hasn’t been going your way?  Are you burned out at work? Have you felt alone? Lost? Helpless? Afraid? Lonely? Each day is a gift yet it comes with unexpected challenges and blessings. Being busy is the usual word we utter whenever we run from one task to another. A daily task that we must accomplish hasn’t been getting easier each day, it keeps on piling up every single day and the thought of having all the work done could get overwhelming. We often tend to multi-task, to follow the to-do list, in short, we are living a hurried life, beating deadlines be it at work and in school. Our responsibility increases as we grow older and the task gets tougher. It requires a lot of perseverance, resilience, and prayer to finish a day.  Living a day at a time is immensely hard to apply. We usually make a living forgetting to enjoy life. Waking up each morning to go on and move forward with life is extremely hard to do. However, everything we do involves a choice and every moment we either choose to live life to the fullest or just simply go on with life as if we are going with the flow. We are in a daily arena and we need God to win the battle. God is our ever-present help in times of trouble and he promised us that we will not go through life alone and unaided. That is why we must not give up for surely we shall win.

 

Life is a Gift

the problems and the burdens of life will not lead us to a happy and fulfilled life. Instead, we must choose to look on the brighter side of life. Thinking of negative things will never give us a positive and favorable outcome. Thoughts about the pains that other people have caused us will make us feel small.  Not being able to forgive and forget rob us of the joy that is supposedly ours and entitled to enjoy. Often we allow the lenses of other people’s eyes to define who we truly are. We often feel the need to measure up to the standard placed upon us. We tend to please people as a result of social pressure and intimidation.  Sometimes the words of people’s opinions become so strong that we can no longer recognize our strengths, abilities, and individualities. Once our self-esteem is vacuumed by the negative things told to us. It will take a while for us to condition and reprogram ourselves to the truths of who we are in Christ. Allowing circumstances to control us limits our potential thus leading to a mediocre life.  God gave us gifts that we may use to not only endure life but also to enjoy it. He was confident that we could accomplish everything that we are made to do. Comparing ourselves to other people will only diminish our self-worth. Life is already hard and full why don’t we enjoy the aroma of the roses instead of complaining about the thorns in it?

 

 

 

 

Live One Day at a Time

Many people live in the past instead of living at the moment. They can’t move forward because they keep on rehearsing the hurt caused by other people, they hold on to the mistakes they committed. They remember every bit of yesterday with anger and regret. Living this way is like dragging a piece of dead baggage through the present and into the future. God did not design us to look back on the unfavorable yesterday. Isaiah 43:18 says ‘Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. Others however live in such a way that they are always anxious about the things that might not go well. The thing about the future is that it is completely unknown and it is never guaranteed. Thus worrying about them is not helpful in the sense that almost all of the things we are worried about don’t happen. When we live this way we are putting our hope in nothing.  Worrying about anything preoccupies the moment and we fool ourselves as if we are doing something about it however we are only doing nothing but inflict ourselves with unnecessary stress. We are not given by God the strength that we need for tomorrow today. Worrying doesn’t change the outcome. Looking ahead is not bad in itself, however, if we do this because we are afraid of what might occur we are already burning the bridge without even crossing it first. Thus we are instructed by our heavenly father to not worry about tomorrow.  Matthew 6:34 says “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its trouble.”

 

Count Your Blessings Instead of Hardships

The Fair Flowers of Promises written by Ellen G. White says,

“As we look at a beautiful garden, with its opening buds, let us remember that this is an expression of our Father’s love. As we note the varied tints of the flowers and inhale their delicate fragrance, let us think of the words, “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.” God has given us the flowers to teach us lessons of trust. “Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?” If the great Master Artist makes perfect and lovely that which is today, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, will He not care much more for the beings purchased by the blood of His only begotten Son?

We are pilgrims and strangers on this earth, looking for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. The path in which we travel is narrow and calls for self-denial and self-sacrifice. We meet with trial and conflict. But God has not left us to travel without help. Our pathway to the heavenly Canaan is bordered with the fair flowers of promise. They blossom all along the way, sending forth their rich fragrance, like the flowers in the gardens of this earth.

All along our pathway, God places the flowers of promise to brighten our journey. But many refuse to gather these flowers, choosing instead the thorns and thistles. At every step they weep and mourn, when they might rejoice in the Lord because He has made the road to heaven so pleasant. This life will have much brightness for us if we will gather the flowers and leave the briers alone. Comfort, encouragement, and support have been provided for every circumstance and condition of life. No temptation comes to us that Christ has not withstood, no trial that He has not borne. He knows each one of us by name. When a burden is placed on us, He stands by, to lift the heaviest weight. He has given us precious promises to lighten every burden. He assures us that His grace is sufficient. Today we have His help. Tomorrow we may be placed in new circumstances of trial, but the promise stands fast, “As thy days, so shall thy strength be.” (Youth Instructor, the fair flowers of promise, January 23, 1902)

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Xenita Gregorio

A registered nurse in the Philippines, currently studying Juris Doctor at Manila Adventist College. I love listening to classical music, reading inspirational books, joining Bible study groups, enjoying outdoor activities, medical missionary work, walking by the beach, and listening to the chirping birds in the countryside.