Most of the time when we try to do good for good and decide to leave our hideous past behind, life throws in a lot of challenges on our way like it’s some kind of a cruel joke. These jokes can come in many shapes and sizes. They can be your shrimpy physics teacher who gets a kick out of humiliating you in his class just when you try to participate in the discussion for a change, or your very own big mother who raises one eyebrow when you express your desire to stop drinking go back to school. Sometimes she’d even add a little “Really now?”
Frustrating, right? But that’s how it is, I guess, because personally, I’ve been through that a lot of times before and in fact, it has happened so many times that nothing ever changed except the way I look at it and go through it.
But just because nobody seems to believe us doesn’t mean nobody does, and it certainly doesn’t give us an excuse not to pursue our desire to change anymore. Somehow, in deepest recesses of my heart, I know that we are all called to do good, with or without anyone else’s approval.
“Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him from out of them all.” – Acts 34:19
Mother Teresa said the good you do today, will often be forgotten but do good anyway because in the final analysis it’s between you and God; it was never between you and them anyway.
So today when you find yourself sick and tired of seeing the same obstacles in front of you, think of yourself as Jessica Simpson in Private Valentine going through an obstacle course and how she made it out of it all. It’s a Hollywood movie, of course, but it was light and fun, you might want to watch it.
You are meant to overcome your greatest obstacles and know that it wasn’t given to you if you couldn’t handle it. In God’s perfect time, you will see that it was put there for a reason.