Chuck Pagano is the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts football team. This past season he spent most of the season not helping his team fight to win games, but rather, helping himself to win his fight with cancer. He was a real inspiration off the field for players and fans of all NFL teams.
One of his many insightful quotes was: Circumstances don’t make you, they reveal you. How true that is.
So you win $15 million in the lottery (wishful thinking). That money doesn’t make you…that money will reveal you. Who you are, what your character is, where your values lie.
It’s not the circumstances that are important, it’s what you do in those circumstances that’s important.
God will help you to define your character, to search out what is of value to you, to motivate you to make the very best of all circumstances. He will help you to not waste a single minute of life.
Live your life for all it’s worth! Put God on your team. He’ll assist you in revealing your best self.
Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. Isaiah 41
I have a friend who uses his guitar in his work. He teaches and performs music using it. One night at his house a guy tripped and fell…yes…my friend’s guitar looked just like the picture above. Broken! I don’t like when something of mine is broken. My car, my plans, my life. But, it seems like no matter what you do, sometimes your life ends up broken. It’s a fact. And we want to get it fixed. But, that doesn’t always happen.
God never says follow me and I guarantee you will not be broken. He doesn’t promise that. But…brokenness offers you two paths. One is fear, bitterness, and despair. It begins and ends in darkness. That’s the one without God. The other path is faith, trust, and hope. It too begins in darkness except it ends in light. Jesus understands brokenness.
Each time he (Jesus) said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12
God doesn’t promise to fix all brokenness, but he does promise to help you through it…all of it. Jesus says: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” When you’re broken and weak, he comes through for you with his power. Sometimes the biggest miracles God performs are not in your circumstances, but in our hearts and your attitudes.
You may not like broken. I certainly don’t. But, you don’t have to fear it either. Even when you can’t see the light, reach out. God will be there to guide you down the path. He’s there for you. Try him.