Choose to be happy with how God made you

Choose to be happy with how God made you
                        

“Happiness can exist only in acceptance.” —George Orwell.

I don’t know how many times I have heard that somebody is just “trying to survive” in the last few months. Yeah, times are hard right now, and depending on how we look at it, we can get a sense of merely surviving, but it is all in how we choose to look at it.

The other day I saw a friend of mine and asked him how he was doing. “Oh, just trying to survive,” he said to me.

I said I was sorry to hear that. He looked at me like I had just thrown a bucket of ice water on him.

“What do you mean you’re sorry, Kyle?” he inquired of me.

“I’m sorry to hear that you are just trying to survive?” I said.

Still looking dumbfounded, he said, “Aren’t we all?”

I replied, “I’m not. I have more joy than I have had in a long time.” Then the conversation went downhill from there.

I can’t help but think many people are just trying to survive in their life and heaven forbid if any joy comes into it. Nothing about themselves is ever right. They’re too thin or too fat, too tall or too short, and the list goes on and on. They don’t like themselves, and they can’t like themselves for whatever reason.

How terrible is it to not be able to accept oneself? We only get one life to live. We might as well make the most out of it. If we don’t enjoy our life now, then we will lose it. I wholeheartedly think life is meant to be enjoyed, not to be just survived, and it’s up to us to be good stewards of the life God gave us. I am not happy with everything in my life, but I choose to be happy with what God gave me.

There was a time in my life when I couldn’t accept myself the way God made me. I always thought to myself, ‘If only I had arms and legs that could work like everyone else.’ I believed God made a mistake by giving me cerebral palsy — He must not really love me or I would be like everybody else. I recalled seeing people in wheelchairs and with arms or legs missing and thinking that I have so much to be thankful for.

Over many years, as I looked at what I actually had and not what I hoped to have, I started to ask God to show his will and use me just the way I am. I could begin to see his hand in my life.

If we can’t accept ourselves the way we are, then we are indeed saying God has no idea what he is doing. God knows exactly what he is doing. We just need to get in his will. We should ask why did he give us such and such. Never be afraid to ask God why something is the way it is. I think we can do this in a nice way, not a way that is angry toward God. If we don’t ask, how will we know what his purpose for our life is?

I wanted to know why I have cerebral palsy, not in a demanding way, but in a way to best be used by him. Maybe God is just waiting for us to be open to what he wants to do in our life. Maybe the thing we don’t like about ourselves is the one thing God will use to change the world.


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