Sunday, December 16, 2012

Sunday Superthoughts: Comfort Vs. Character

Hey everybody,

Call it cheating, but when I was younger my friends and I would play Nintendo and if we didn't like the way the game was going, we'd just hit the reset button. I noticed that I still do the same thing as an adult when I play Angry Birds. If things aren't going perfectly, I just jump ahead to the let's-not-waste-time-finishing-this-one-out stage and take a mulligan.

Do you ever wish you could have a do over button on life? Man I do. The weekend has been a pretty terrible weekend. Starting with some devastating news on every channel on tv, my heart was already broken on Friday. Later in the day, Meredith and I were heading to Tulsa for the night to finish our Christmas shopping and have some nice family time when a big ol' buck landed in front of our 4Runner. Without any time to react, we hit the deer, causing airbags to inflate, and my dear wife and expectant mother to go into a bit of hysterics. Since then, we've concluded that the baby is fine! For our car, well that's another story. Because it was such a huge buck there was a lot of damage to the car and the engine won't work, but thankfully we are safe and sound. But boy... I wish I could have a do-over.



It's easy to think things like "if we only decided to stay home that day..." and for the parents of the Sandy Hook students... these questions are even more prevalent, and heartbreaking. It's easy to wish away the present when things don't go as planned. But, friends, it's these times that build character and shape us into the people that God wants us to be. When I was on staff at YoungLife, my mentor would always remind me that God is more concerned with my character than my comfort. God doesn't give us reset buttons for a reason. He has a plan.




"God is more concerned about our character than our comfort. His goal is not to pamper us physically but to perfect us spiritually."

Talk to you soon,
Dale

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