Our circumstances should not dictate how we should live. I have found that we use our circumstances for a lot of excuses for things and how we act. I believe that is a lie from Satan telling us that they make us who we are. If we believe that lie we become a victim of our circumstances. God’s intent is not for us to be held down by our past, pain and suffering. God wants to bear fruit through those times and allow us to grow through our circumstances.
Many people that are single parents, in bad marriages, fighting sickness and disease, have surrounded me and as I look at those people I feel they have a great reason to have a negative outlook on life. They can’t help maybe that their spouse does not love or the father that left the mom to parent the kids alone or that sickness they are fighting. They didn’t ask for this lifestyle but what I think is amazing is the kind of person that rises above that and says I won’t let that dictate how I am going to live. They put their eyes on heaven and towards God instead.
My aunt is a living example of this; she fought breast cancer last year as she was diagnosed with stage 4. She had every reason to give up and feel sorry for herself but she chose to witness to others for the glory of God. In her pain, my aunt was speaking the Gospel to others when she would go in to the hospital for her cancer treatments. My aunt showed love, joy, peace and that God is God of miracles and hope for the world. She chose to look past her circumstances and focus on the eternal prize, heaven. She chose to seek God and not her own needs. God healed her five months later when she was in remission and no signs of cancer, Praise God. Words cannot describe the kind of faith she has, which can move mountains.
That is the kind of faith we should desire to have and that we’ll be able look beyond our circumstances and towards the Almighty Father! My aunt has inspired me to believe that God can use all my circumstances good and bad for eternal purposes. This life is not for us but all for HIM. We should live to give Him honor and praise and let God define who we are in our circumstances. “Therefore we do not lose heart…for our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all so we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen (our current trouble) is temporary, but what is unseen (the glory that awaits us) is eternal.” 2nd Corinthians 4:16-18