If you have read my past blog posts, you will notice that I don’t usually write about religion or spirituality. However, the pastor’s message in church on Sunday planted the seed. Later on that day I participated in an online service from my church back in Winnipeg. And the inspiration followed that has encouraged me to write a serious post about faith and forgiveness.
We often wish our friends good luck when they are facing a difficult situation. But is it really “luck” that has anything to do with it? Maybe it is our faith that beckons to us and tests our ability to believe and hence strive to succeed. Perhaps we should instead keep others in our prayers rather than merely wishing them luck. After all, prayer is powerful.
My ex would often remark, “If it wasn’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” Reluctant to assume responsibility for his own actions, he chose to blame others for his misfortune. A few months ago I saw him for the first time in more than six years, and I was saddened to see the anger and bitterness he still harbors towards others when given the opportunity to talk about some of our friends and experiences from our past.
I reflect upon my own life and am so very thankful that I have embraced the art of forgiveness and consequently have found peace in my heart. God always forgives us our sins, so why should we not forgive others in return?
I truly believe that everything, good or bad, happens for a reason. I believe that God has provided us with resources and circumstances that enable us to learn and grow. God has a plan for each of us. And while we all too often lament over lost opportunities, these should be viewed as stepping stones to something even better that is to come. That is God’s intent.
My determination to live in the moment frequently demonstrates a lifestyle that is far from resembling the norm and/or meeting others’ expectations. Ever the non-conformist, a conservative and stable existence has no appeal for me. My son has labelled me a nomad and others are amazed by the number of places where I’ve lived and the number of jobs I’ve had. And that’s okay. We all have our own ideas of living life to the fullest. What is important is that we accept others for who they are without judging or condemning their actions, which in turn means forgiving people who have hurt us.
I have faith that the insurmountable obstacles in my path have been placed there for a reason. God in His infinite wisdom has plans for me and watches over me. I am constantly tested and encouraged to venture forth and draw upon my talents and I eagerly anticipate the open doors that God will provide for my future.