Response

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What are we here for?… What’s our purpose as humans?… I feel like there are so many answers to that question… and who’s to say any one of them are correct or incorrect?…

Maybe we are here to be challenged… qualified… tested… to see what we can make of ourselves in this life…

And if we pass the test put in front of us…. well then maybe we get to move onto a much greater life then this one… maybe we are qualifying ourselves for something more… And maybe it is Heaven… Maybe it’s Heaven and something more… Something greater than what’s been mentioned to us in the Bible and by others…

This was how my conversation went with a 14 year old on the way home from school two days ago… and it intrigued me… it intrigued me so much that I haven’t stopped thinking about it….

Raised in church, I usually try to think things through… make sure my religion doesn’t jump in the way of an answer… or what I feel true to myself… to make sure I’ve giving something thought and well felt out… and that I’m not responding based on what I’ve been programmed to say…

So to think this through was good… and she was so simple with her thoughts about life… it truly made me wish I was more simplistic… more real…

And at the end of the conversation I left with the idea that maybe this life truly is a test of some sort… for me to be placed in this life… under these circumstances… and for God to watch how well I handle myself… how well I can learn to adapt and work my way in and out of a situation….

And in the midst of it… well I was led to my next piece… my next piece in helping me get out of my drama filled, drama programmed life….

And I found it in something simple…. how well do I respond?

Because if this life is a test… if I am qualifying for something greater than myself…. well shouldn’t I become a good responder?…

Shouldn’t I be able to enter an environment and respond well?… Shouldn’t life be able to come at me and I feel this urge to respond in a healthy way?… In a way that makes me and the people around me a little bit better?…

And if this life is a challenge… a test… something we are becoming qualified for… well shouldn’t our response to adversity to very important?

Because there are so many times when I feel bitter… jealous… prideful… and dramatic… there are so many times when I want to hate someone or be angry with someone… But if I choose to allow those things to route me in life… well I’m not winning… I’m not responding well to the challenge placed in front of me…

And it goes back to how I look at life as a football game… in so many ways we have the ability to the pressure of life the way football teams choose to respond to adversity…. because if I know what makes me tick…. and if I know what makes my opponents tick…. then I should be able to route around them in moments of real challenge….

When I feel the heat… I should be able to stand tall and take on what’s in front of me with ease… because my response should be so…

And I think that’s where I’m headed…. for this month… for the days and week ahead… to just respond well… and it’ll probably take me sometime to learn, but I have this feeling when I do… well I will catch on and move quickly….

And if life is a test… If I am qualifying for something greater than myself and this life… then I just moved closer to getting there…. With my response… My response to adverse moments in life…

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