Our theme for this month: “You Gotta Keep Dancing”
Our Bible verse for today: “I am able to do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Bite the bullet and live to be 100!”
Many of you are probably familiar with the old story once told by G.W. Target about the two terminally ill men who shared a hospital room. One man was in a bed next to the window. Day after day he gazed out the window and related to the other man what he was seeing. He told about the park that was right across the street with green trees, beautiful flowers, ducks in a pond, families walking, children playing, and a fine view of the city skyline in the distance. Day after day the man by the window told interesting and funny stories about the things he was seeing in the park across the street.
Over time the man in the other bed became jealous and wished that he was in the bed by the window so he could see these things for himself. Finally late one night the man by the window had a coughing spell and was choking. The man in the other bed, by now with a bitter spirit, just laid there and listened. He never called for a nurse. Soon the man by the window stopped choking, and he stopped breathing. He was dead. The next day the man by the wall asked to be moved to the bed by the window. Once he was there and settled, he propped himself up to get a look out the window and when he did, he saw nothing but the blank wall of the building next to them. There was no park. The other man had looked at the bleak scene of a blank wall and chose to make something good out of it.
As you look out the window of your life do you see a blank wall or a beautiful park? Do you wallow in despondency and self-pity because of your circumstances, or do you make life come alive around you?
In his book “You Gotta Keep Dancin” Tim Hansel tells of the time when he was in his doctor’s office and he received his final diagnosis for life. The doctor said they had reached the point where all the tests had been run, all the surgeries had been performed, all the procedures had been tried, and Tim was as well as he was ever going to be. The doctor told Tim there was nothing more they could do for him. Tim protested and said, “But doctor! I’m still in pain everyday! What am I supposed to do now?” The doctor was quiet for a moment and then he said, “Well Tim, I suggest you just bite the bullet and live to be 100!
Your joy in life has more to do with your attitude than with your circumstances. There is nothing you are facing that you and Jesus can’t handle together – and handle well. Paul’s words in Philippians 4:13 are as true for you as they were for him, and for Tim Hansel, and for the man in the hospital bed by the window – you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.
I know your situation might be hard. I encourage you to pray about it, do everything you can to fix it, then just bite the bullet and live to be 100!