Friday, April 1, 2011

A Reason to Smile

Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup; you have made my lot secure. The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. (Psalm 16:5-6)

Ever noticed that single parents don’t always have the same opportunities that married parents enjoy? Of course, that’s a huge generalization, but statistically it’s somewhat true. Maybe you’ve watched a friend live your dream, and you’ve felt frustrated, even envious. This malady affects many demographics – spouses of alcoholics, disabled people, victims of prejudice – anyone whose situation exposes them to unfair treatment, misunderstandings, or hardship. It’s very easy to fall into the comparing trap. One woman put it this way: “Metaphorically, my friend lives in Hawaii and I live in Ethiopia!”

When Jesus told Peter about the kind of death he would die, Peter compared his lot with John’s. “He asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow Me.’” (John 21:21-22)

It’s ludicrous – an emotional energy drain – to compare our situation with someone else’s. Really, what’s it to you? Instead, let’s focus on the portion and cup God has given us. He takes you seriously, and He is passionately concerned about your life. All your concerns and objectives are right where you are, as you follow Him along your unique path. Best of all, He is with you and you have a special relationship with Him that no one else is privy to. As you face your struggles together, that relationship deepens. And that’s a reason to smile!


  1. Just hitting you back. Thanks for the follow.
    Very nice blog.

  2. Lisa, this weekend I attended a women's conference where a beautiful speaker you may have heard of, Priscilla Shirer, was talking about life and all of it's "interruptions."

    Divorce and living in a season of being a single parent were a few of the examples she mentioned. Her point was very similar to what you just wrote about.

    We have to remember that everyone has their own troubles to deal with. Sometimes when our life is interrupted with trouble or challenge, we have to seek the opportunity in it.

    We have to trust that God is molding us and making us more beautiful than we were before. And then we need to seek ways to turn our "garbage" as she called it, into a beautiful legacy. We can do this by spending time in God's presence and word, listening for His instructions on what we need to do next, and then responding with obedience.

    Anyway, it was a very inspiring conference.

    I love your writing style and I try to get out to your blog regularly.

    Hope you've had a blessed weekend!


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  4. Thanks Lisa, we really appreciate you and what you are doing.
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    Remain blessed and keep letting the light of God in you keep shinning.

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  6. Indeed it is a reason to smile! No matter what we go through in our family, my husband and I always remind each other of His love and His plans for us. We know how this story ends.

    We are both divorced and then, by the grace of God, we found each other and realized that we didn't know what love really was before. Now His love shines down upon us both and we feel the smile you talk about in your post. Thanks!

  7. That's awesome, medtopic! Thanks for sharing. God always has our highest best in mind, even if it's not fun for a while.