Whatever? That is usually a term that ordinarily makes me cringe. I have heard it a time or two around here as teenagers want to make it clear that they think that we as parents don't have a clue.
But this morning, like a beautiful beam of sunlight shining through the clouds, I have a new perspective...and I think it worth passing it on. There is a blog trail that lead me here. My dear friend Dorothy wrote what I think is one of my all time favorite blogposts from her, inspired by Katie who shared an incredible story of inspiration and hope. This is a blog trail worth traveling along today..
So, today, I will embrace this morning with the life altering attitude, "Whatever, Lord." If I am truly living by faith, I can joyfully say, "Where ever you want me to go, whatever you want me to experience, who ever you want me to encounter today....I will embrace it with gratitude and humility." Oh, Lord, that you would love me enough to want to teach me, use me, and comfort me. Whether I decide to live in the light of of the mindset "Whatever God wants" or whether I fight the gift that is being given to me, I am still going to be given the gifts that God wants me to experience. Those gifts may not be wrapped up all neat and tidy...those aren't the gifts I have ever wanted anyway. I want to live..100% percent for you, Lord. Like the precious woman in Katie's story. I want to be filled with joy and love that is undeniable.
I want to live each day in the light that my hurts, and fears and struggles are good gifts from God...their meaning and purposes beyond my comprehension to understand fully. And that is what faith is...to believe in something that is beyond our earthy eyes to see. I want my children to see faith lived out, faith truly lived out...beyond words, but in the sold-out, over the top, wreckless abandon kind of love that sets the scene for God to complete his compelling story within me...that this walk with him is worthy everything... absolutely everything...whatever he asks of us. Because he is good. Because he is God. So, I challenge you to take on a new attitude. Whatever...