I am absolutely loving the devotions on my phone each morning. Today's devotion is something that is very near and dear to my heart. It is a topic that a lot of my friends and family discuss often. While your experiences happen and effect you, they also have potential to bring about good. Why do so many of us let circumstances determine so much in life? Just because the most awful of all things happened to you doesn't mean you have to go around treating others or the rest of your life like a waste. Look around today... do you have things that you allow to use as a crutch, an excuse, or a reason to continue a certain behavior or feeling? Praise God for that, and ask him how you can use it to His advantage.
Here's what Joel and Victoria Osteen said:
"I know people who feel like they’ve wasted years of their lives because of poor choices. They spent years in a relationship that was toxic, years with an addiction, years at a job where they weren’t fulfilled. But you have to realize, nothing you have been through is ever wasted. Your past experiences, good and bad have deposited something on the inside of you. Those challenges have sharpened you to help make you who you are today.
When the enemy brings hardship into your life, God has a way of taking that experience and turning it around for your advantage. You may think you’ve hit a dead end, but if you’ll stay in faith, you will see God begin to open up a new route. He’ll put the right people in your path, the right opportunities, the right circumstances to move you forward toward your God-given destiny.
Today, don’t focus on what’s happened in your past, focus on what God will do in your future. He wants to restore your soul and revive your dreams. Keep believing, keep expecting, keep hoping because God has a new route for your future!"
He redeems me from death
and crowns me with love and tender mercies. (Psalm 103:4 NLT)