Monday, February 17, 2014

New Post: "Can Your Failed Plans Still Turn-Out Positive?"

To re-cap from a recent post...
God’s plans for you may be intentional.
He may actually want you to miss some target,
and fail to reach your goal. But why?!?
I believe God often has another plan for us,
and it is bigger than the one we have envisioned.
Which then raises the question…
How could a failure turn out to be positive?

First, a simple idea to represent this thought,
followed-up with a real story.

I enjoy physical fitness, and have pursued it for many years.
There have been long-term and short-term plans,
and I have met nearly all of them.
But recently I have not only missed my goals,
but have grown disinterested and bored in the process.
However, I know there is something worthwhile in the effort,
even if the goals are far from being realized.
I am still pursuing health and wellness,
flexibility and strength which can be used for my family.

You may have no such desire for fitness, and thats ok.
But, when else can failed plans still produce good results?

While in prison, I heard the story of another inmate,
who for years continued to seek early release,
on the ten-year sentence he faced,
by asking the court to overturn his conviction.
He never claimed to be innocent,
but insisted that the evidence was wrongly acquired.
And if illegal, then it should be inadmissible.

During the process, he made clear of one thing,
he wanted another chance with his family.
He couldn't ‘right-the-wrong’ of his past,
and he didnt expect his family would once again respect him,
but he did hope to repair the damage done,
and build some type of new relationship.

For four-years he fought the legal battle, hoping to win,
and after using every possible resource,
he still came up short.
He would not receive the acquittal he sought.
Yet, he did something different during the entire time…
he wrote letters regularly to his family.

He let them know how important they each were to him,
and how he would wanted to re-prioritize his life around them.

Then, when an attorney made it clear
that his case would proceed no further,
he wrote one final letter to each of his family,
telling them of his final hope being lost.

And here is the amazing thing...
they each wrote, and came to visit him.
For six long years, they came.
Not because he was a good person,
but because he cared enough to try and connect with them.
He wrote them letters,
called, and made every effort,
He didn't wait for the conviction to be overturned.
And he didnt wait for circumstances to be perfect.
But he did risk everything,
to let them know where he had failed them,
and of his re-alignment to putting them first in life.

Could this happen to you?
Can you miss certain goals,
and learn to be happy with other success?

This man had a family who walked with him through incarceration,
and while he had no chance for a reduced sentence,
or an overturned court-case,
he did have the chance for a relationship with those he valued most.
So while freedom was not his to have,

he did have joy knowing the love of family.

Where can a positive result still be found in your own short-coming?


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