Monday Musing 8/1/2022

Monday Musing:

I am thinking about control, or at least the illusion of it.

I am 60 years old. Not yet old but old-ish. Certainly not young. And I have seen some things on my journey. Most good. Some great. Some horrific.

I have seen people die suddenly, people die slowly and dying people decide they wanted to live longer still. I have seen prodigals come home and prodigals never come home. I have seen relationships forged, love promised and marriages blown apart. I have seen people accomplish great things and lose it all, only to unravel into a happier life than they had before and I have seen people destroyed by the same circumstances. I have made friends and became cross threaded with friends and made some friends for life. I have seen mended hearts broken, broken hearts mended and broken hearts that refuse to mend. I have discovered that control is an illusion. We can minimize risk, but we cannot eradicate it. Too many variables.

As I pause and take stock in what I have learned about life and living; I come back to four basic things:

1) Choose to love
2) Choose to be happy
3) Choose to forgive
4) Choose hope

I truly wish this world were not fallen. I wish all stories ended happily ever, all dreams came true, the people we loved didn’t die and all children grew up nurtured, happy and healthy. But that is the next world; not our own. It’s tough down here. And some days it seems tougher than we can bear.

So as we begin a new week, we are faced with a simple choice; we can love, be happy, forgive and have hope or hate and be miserable, bitter and hopeless. It is our call. It seems wrong that you have to fight for the good stuff but just because something must be fought for, does not mean it is unobtainable. Even in a fallen world. And choosing to fight for the good in life is really the only thing within our control.

At 60, life seems shorter than it once did but life is good. Really good. You don’t fall into a good life; you choose it. Every single day. Choose life.

Be Happy.

Let’s go win a week…

Published by Rev. Shane L. Bishop

Senior Pastor of Christ Church, Fairview Heights, IL since 1997. I am an orthodox Christian but I am not in a bad mood about it.

2 thoughts on “Monday Musing 8/1/2022

  1. Thanks, I needed that. I am not a writer so I chose to email you instead of posting.

    I, like you, are old but not too old, I’m 62. I have it in head that at this age things would be easier, that the world, with all our communication be calmer, that my kids would think more like I do and that my past would stay out of my head. I have searched, prayed and worked so, very long and hard to find the peace of God that passes all understanding. ????

    But alas, I am still waiting. I do so much praying and thinking each night and when I wake but each day I don’t quite get to where I wish I were.

    But…. Please know that your message was wonderful and surely meant for me. Thanks so much.

    I have been reading you for say 5 or 6 years and have forwarded some to my preachers that I thought they would enjoy and I have good feedback. Thanks also for all your messages.

    I am still a Methodist but who knows what will happen. My grandpa was a M preacher and it’s all I know but I also know that I’ve been reading about these issues since the 80’s and still no direct answers from general. I know it’s probably my personal decision after discussing w God.

    So much to be concerned with but I guess I read and ponder too much. Many say they just avoid all the news.

    I will heed your advice and pray I am strong enough. I practice the 4 agreements so I will add your wonderful words to my daily life.

    We drive between Ft Smith. AR and Chicago often – maybe I can look you up and hear you some Sunday. M Sorry this is so long- if you made it this far.

    God Bless,

    Donna Vieth Sent from my iPhone


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