Hanging On!

My family is vacationing in Sedona, Arizona this week. It’s a beautiful example of God’s handiwork. The best part about any vacation is the change in the scenery and Sedona has fit the need for a change for our family. Vacations have a way of recharging your batteries that our everyday life doesn’t do. Why is that?

“Location, location, location” is the saying used by real estate agents and businesses. It means in order to be successful with a sale or with you business the location you choose will determine its success or failure. Location doesn’t determine success in your personal life though.

Our son Wright recently moved back to Arizona after living the past school year with his grandparents in Georgia. We had allowed him to move back because he was so unhappy after we first moved here. We believed at the time that we would all be moving back to Georgia within the year. God has a way of throwing wrenches into man’s well laid plans.

Our location didn’t change! After many more applications for jobs in Georgia, not one interview was granted for a teaching position. The thing is that both my wife and I enjoy our jobs here. During spring break trips, we had decided that whatever God decided – we would all be under one roof. So here we sit in the Sonoran Desert.

Wright is not happy about it! The rest of us have accepted the change and we’re at peace about our location. Wright being stubborn like his mothers side of the family is bound and determined to be miserable.

Everything is constantly changing, and you cannot stop it. You have to decide whether to resist and resent those changes or to be happy. Happiness is a choice

Rick Warren

Mr. Warren makes a good point. We must choose to be happy in our situation or location in our case. Hanging onto our memories of friends, church family, schools, and even family will result in a discontentment that will just make you miserable.

We can worry and fret about it all day long! It will suck all the life right out of you. No joy or happiness to be found. Since we only have a limited amount of time on this earth, we shouldn’t waste any time on remembering the location where we were happy. Rather we should focus all our thoughts on what is in hand and right in front of us.

Brothers, I do not consider myself to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and reaching forward to what is ahead, (‭Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭13‬ HCSB)

We can’t hang onto the past! Our happiness in the present and the future is based on our relationship with Christ and is not dependent on location. So I choose to place my happiness in my friend Jesus and he is mobile! Goes wherever I am located at the moment. Please pray for Wright and the rest of us as we make the adjustment to life in the west.20140720-111818-40698519.jpg

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