Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Defining Moment


Today as I turned the pages of my daily devotional book, I came into a very meaningful passage and words that encouraged me alot and I thought I would love to share them.

About a year ago, many were stunned by a shooting rampage that left 32 victims dead o the campus ofVirginia Tech University. In the aftermath, the mother of one critically wounded student who survied said she did not want the ordeal to becoe the defining moment in her son's life. Instead, she hoped it could be "something positive, some great celebration in life."

And you wonder why..?

When something unimaginable happens, it may seem impossible to believe that anything can overcome the emotional scars. Yet, the life of Joseph, offers a powerful illustration of God's transforming power (Gen 37-50).

The brothers who sold him into slavery were sure he would take recenge on them. But Joseph told them "You meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bing it about as it is this day, to save many people alive" (Gen 50:20)

When we place our desire for revenge in God's hands, we become participants in the remarkable process described by Paul: "Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Roman 12:21)

And here's what I like...

The defining moments of our lives are not determinted by the evil done to us, but by our response through the grace and power of God. - David McCasland.

When rough the path from day to day,
When sorrows fill our eyes with tears,
Our choice to find our hope in Christ,
Can lift our soul and calm our fears. - D. De Haan-

Have a good day and week ahead