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A Porpoise-Driven Life


Are you like me? Do you sometimes find that you live your life like a dolphin, holding your breath the overwhelming percentage of the time waiting for trouble to come?

I have to constantly tell myself that my Faith is the engine that drives me, and that God will see me through whatever disaster awaits me at the surface. I often am not able to enjoy even long periods of peace for holding my breath dreading the next calamity.

“Max might get sick.” “Diana might get bitten by the giant Great Dane that lives next door.” “My parents might die soon.” “Kathy or I may get fired.”

Things could happen. Things will happen. Bad things will happen. The point is that they will happen whether we shy away or stand there.

I am telling myself and you that it is okay to live in the face of the wind. God is able to transport us through what travails may come, and if we spend our time flinching from a blow that may or may not be on the way, we will miss the joys of life; watching kids grow and become independent, seeing parents become grandparents, relying on the Lord for sustenance when men cut you loose. “Fight back,” my daddy used to say, “They gone hit you anyway, whether you flinch or not!”  You might as well get some licks in.

Life is so much more good than bad, even for the most unfortunate of us, when we have an Eternal Point of View that sees through pain and around obstacles. Life is so much more Florida than Seattle.

All is not lost for the Christian even at the point of death. But you only die once. You live forever. Trust God. He is hurt when you don’t. I have to tell myself this from time to time, so I figured I’d tell you, too.

Come up for air.

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April 24, 2008 - Posted by | Advice, Christian Life, Christianity, Death, Depression, Faith, Family, Fatherhood, Fear, God, Life

3 Comments »

  1. Amen and Amen! “Count it all joy…” It’s sad, but I had to learn the hard way about waiting for the other shoe to drop. Like with men, I would have no expectations, but one…expect for them to fail me, so when they did I was never let down. Then the Lord brought me Rick…he is such a blessing! I would get so bent out of shape when things didn’t go EXACTLY as I had planned. It took me getting married for the Lord to start breaking that 27 year cycle. It does get better. “Count it all joy…”

    Good post…
    Heather T

    Comment by heatherltrotter | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  2. Trust God. He is hurt when you don’t.
    Thank you, Derrick!

    Comment by ANappyGirl | April 24, 2008 | Reply

  3. No, thank YOU. Both.

    Comment by maxdaddy | April 25, 2008 | Reply


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