Saturday, November 19, 2011

God Wins!

Dropping by to hang out with all of my "bloggies" and to just run something by all of you...

I teach special education and one of the things I remind myself of every morning is to always downplay my students' weaknesses and focus on their strengths. The result is a school day of appropriate expectations and incredible success in my book.

A friend and I went out last night. I especially enjoy this friendship because she prompts me to dig an little deeper into life. We tend to leave our outings emotionally fed... I love that!

Last night as my friend and I were chatting she took out a notebook and began to jot down the things we were talking about. I was thinking oh my gosh... I never do that! She shared with me that on Thanksgiving she is going to be with a cousin with whom she rarely sees eye to eye. In fact, there's often real contention. She told me he even defriended her on Facebook.

As she was writing and we were sharing I couldn't help but think that we all have a stinky story to tell. Life is hard at best. Unfortunately, no one is exempt from the difficulties this world has to offer. I was once again reminded of my students who didn't ask for the life they are living. It wasn't as a result of choices they made...  They nonetheless have to muddle through life just like the rest of us. This is why focusing on their strengths and magnify the things at which they are good enables them to find purpose and productivity and loving them as they are with all their quirky little ways affords them the confidence to be all they can be.

In the end, I encouraged my friend and I to do the same... to downplay the cow pies of life and accentuate God's blessings we often miss because we're wading through the devil's sh*t.

My students end their school day strutting out to the bus ready to conquer life head on... perhaps we have much to learn from them! Perhaps we should hold our heads a little higher and approach life with a little more confidence knowing we are children of the living God!
If we truly want to spit in the face of satan and send him back to hell where he belongs, let's use God's ultimate weapon against him...LOVE! Let's do our best to love people even in the face of adversity and we can reap the rewards of watching satan slithering his nasty, snaky backside away.

No matter what we do we're never going to please everyone. We can't control how others respond to us, but we can control our response. If we hold on to bitterness, if we aren't willing to forgive, if we holler and scream and fight it out... satan laughs and loves it (in fact, he thrives on it). There's nothing our enemy hates worse than when we respond out of a loving spirit. He hates it! He weakens and cowers in the face of it.

Who are we going to let win people?? God or satan??

God wins!!

This Holiday season let's give the gift of love to the people around us no matter our circumstances and I believe we will witness monumental blessings as a result :)

Sending out my love to all of you!


Accidentally Angela said...

I agree, God wins! And because He does, so can we! Yay!

I wanted to let you know that I gave you a blog award,a Liebster Award. You can check it out here:

Have a great week! Angela

Susan Stilwell said...

Thanks for such an uplifting post! I love how you encourage your students, and you're right - what a great life lesson and challenge!

Time to accentuate the positive!
Have a happy thanksgiving!!

Ginny Marie said...

I have definitely learned so much from my students and my own children! They are such a blessing.

My sister-in-law dressed up as a devil for Halloween, and I got a kick out of hearing my 4yo tell her something she learned in Sunday School--"Go away, devil!"

OneMommy said...

Beautiful post - and inspiring.
Newest follower stopping by from BF.