How we react to adversity, eventually, will be our legacy. Adversity does not limit itself to work related issues; but also lifts its ugly head at home, social events, and for sure… spiritual issues. Many years ago, I made a comment during a meeting on “public issues,” that had to do with native American Indians. Something about “teepees vs hotel accommodations.” It WAS NOT any form of slur against Indians, but someone in the meeting reported “it” to the newspaper, and at the next County Council meeting… it was suggested that I have coffee with one of the “local chiefs” to iron out our “diversity” issues. It wasn’t a “diversity” issue, but unfortunately, some did their best to make it into an “adversity” issue.
As for “at home” adversity; we all know that mountains can be made out of mole-hills, in just a matter of moments. Then in social events, there is never an absence of adversity there. The social competition we endure is, for the most part, self-inflicted, and never reaches disproportion until alcohol enters the equation. “At work” issues can become “adverse,” all too often, and is made difficult by JEALOUSY…. On anyone’s part. Even, too, spiritual issues cause adversity amongst us. One would think that with “so few” people who actually conform to any kind of religious affiliation, much less… commitment; that there would be little to have conflict about. But they’re a lot of EXPERTS out there who “know everything about God,” but don’t KNOW God, or have a personal relationship with Him.
The point I make today, is “how do we, as individuals, handle adversity?” Do we succumb to the conflict? Do we give in to the “loudest” participant? Who’s to judge which one is the winner, unless it involves a “fist-fight,” or “hair-pull.” Then, the biggest, the strongest, and the meanest…. Usually wins. But it does not determine the “truth” of the argument. What if the adversity involves an “extreme health issue,” that changes, and effects, all those around. How the person who handles the “health issue,” or adversity, will be remembered as to just “how” they handled it. If it was a spouse…. How did they handle the demise of their life’s partner? Or, if you’re the surviving partner; then how did you handle the tremendous loss? Both will be “remembered” for how they handled the ADVERSITY of death. Do you want to be remembered as to “how you handled death, or how you lived your life, leading up to death? Dying is the “end-result” of life, but how we handle those final days will have a profound effect on those we leave behind. Personally, I would like to be remembered as to how I lived my life, preceding death, than how I happened to handle the process of dying. Did I live according to the Ten Commandments, and the Golden Rule? Did I proclaim God as by Lord and Savior? That would be my choice of a Legacy…….not Teepee’s.
1 Peter 1:2-15 – Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. …Blessings…cjlb…12/02/14.
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