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We all deal with crap.  It may smell differently, but we all deal with crappy situations and face fearful outcomes from time to time.  Each of us face a struggle, an issue, a mountain which we must climb.  That’s life.

The question isn’t, do you deal with something?  The better question is … how do you choose to deal with crappy things?

I’m not quick to share devotional thoughts, but this passage grabbed my heart and wrestled it to the floor this morning (from Psalm 31):

I am dying from grief; my years are shortened by sadness. Sin has drained my strength; I am wasting away from within.  I am scorned by all my enemies and despised by my neighbors – even my friends are afraid to come near to me.  I am ignored as if I were dead … and I am surrounded by terror.  Me enemies conspire to kill me.  But I am trusting in You, O Lord, saying, “You are my God!”

The writer presents a pretty desperate situation.  Enemies running toward him, friends running away.  Loneliness.  Disappointment.  Failure.  Danger.  Hurt.  Despair.  And yet, he turns his attention to something better.  He believes in spite of these things.  He courageously holds onto *but.

*but refuses to settle for what’s seemingly inevitable.  *but believes that something better is waiting beyond what is currently happening.  *but is more than hope, it’s the fusion of vision and trust that forges hope.  *but is the greatest word revealed all throughout Scripture.  A consistent reminder that in spite of the impossible, there is always something better possible.

If you are alive, you always have a choice.  The absence of choosing is death … a fixed state of non-existing due to forces beyond your control.  Whatever you’re facing, you have to power to choose something different.  You have the ability to believe *but:

  • My marriage is falling apart, *but ….
  • My job is forcing me to become someone I am  not, *but …
  • The creditors keep calling, and there’s no way out of this mess, *but …
  • God hasn’t answered my prayers for years, *but ….
  • I’m not sure that I’m the right person for the job, *but …
  • I can’t believe that person said this about me, *but …
  • The diagnosis is scary, *but …
  • Everyone I know says it’s impossible, *but …
So, what are you *but-ing today?  What are you reminding yourself in the middle of that God is able, that He is faithful, and that He will prove Himself and His desires?  (oh, and feel free to take the graphic above and use it as a background for your laptop.  it’s sized accordingly … let it be a visual reminder that *but is your choosing)
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