Life will make you BITTER, or BETTER, it's your choice.

80s Christian metal blessings!

Hey Christian Metal-Maniacs, Pastor Brad here!  I pray that you are strong in the Lord today--that His joy is your strength and that His peace is guarding your hearts and minds today!

I want to share a timeless truth with you today.  This tidbit of wisdom has guided me through many-a-dark time,  it goes like this, "Life will make you bitter, or better, it's your choice."

Growing up, my Uncle Morrie had that quote framed and on his wall.  I read it a bazillion times.  I always thought it was a great thought, but I never fully appreciated it, until I experienced tough times. 

Life is hard.  

Just yesterday morning, I was in a meeting with our staff at the church.  Within about ten minutes we had talked about earthquakes and fires out west, floods in Michigan and Virginia, tornados all across the middle of the country, a tropical storm brewing in the south Atlantic, the current Covid 19 pandemic shutting the world down and people losing livelihoods as a result!  I wanted to just throw my hands up and say, “I give up!”  I mean dude, life is hard! 

Life will make you bitter, or better, it’s your choice. 

On March 1st, 1988 I walked into Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to check in for a surgery I would have the next morning to remove a benign brain tumor.  I walked in with perfect vision.  The next day, when I came to post-op, I had lost 75% of my vision (completely unexpected).  For a good year I prayed, wept, begged, negotiated, etc. with God---pleading with Him to restore my sight. 

His response was Romans 12:9 (NIV) “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 

For a long time, I didn’t like that answer.  I wanted my sight back! 

But that was not God’s plan. 

Eventually I had to look in in the mirror and say, “Brad, this will either make you bitter, or better, it’s your choice.” 

Praise God, with His help, I was able to surrender my pain and insecurities associate with losing my vision, and God, in His amazing goodness--replaced my fears with his grace and a fresh VISION for living life in Him! 

I can honestly say, thirty-two years later, that I’m THANKFUL for all that God has taught me about trusting Him---through the loss of my physical sight. 

God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!

What are you struggling with right now?  

What difficulties or hardship are tempting you to become jaded and bitter?  

Man, I encourage you to embrace the wisdom of an old cliché, 

“Let go and let God.”  

Lay your fears at His feet, let go of any forgiveness or worries about what “might” happen tomorrow.  Read Psalm 23 and contemplate the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) and allow His Word to reaffirm His TRUSTWORTHY promises and guidance to you---and allow His Spirit to make you BETTER--to deepen your faith, develop your character so that you become more like Jesus, etc. 

Life will make you bitter, or better, it’s your choice.  Choose to trust Him today! 

80s Christian Metal Blessings, 
Pastor Brad