Two ways to live your life

Renee Ann Smith —  May 11, 2011 — 46 Comments

How do you view the world? Are you the cynic who sees only sadness, sickness, and sorrow? Or are you the ostrich who can only be happy by refusing to acknowledge any shadow of ugliness? I’m convinced that through Christ we can see the world as it really is and yet still focus on joy, hope, and love. For we know that Christ came to make all things new, and someday He will finish the work He began on the Cross. Until then, we catch glimpses of His beauty in the miracles which surround us every day.

Be encouraged by Romans 1:20 as interpreted by the Message: “But the basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of His divine being.”

And soak in this poetry from the Old Testament book of Job . . .

“God stretches out the north over empty space
And hangs the earth on nothing.
He wraps up the waters in His clouds,
And the cloud does not burst under them.
He obscures the face of the full moon
And spreads His cloud over it.
He has inscribed a circle on the surface of the waters
At the boundary of light and darkness.
The pillars of heaven tremble
And are amazed at His rebuke.
He quieted the sea with His power,
And by His understanding He shattered Rahab.
By His breath the heavens are cleared;
His hand has pierced the fleeing serpent.
Behold, these are the fringes of His ways!”

I’m thankful God shares with us what He sees in the world! How about you?

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

46 responses to Two ways to live your life

  1. Amen and AMEN!!! Thank you for a lovely Word-Filled Wednesday and a sweet reminder from the Word of God!

  2. This is a conflict I’ve had recently. I’ve been wondering if my attempt to stay uplifted and happy makes me an ostrich. You have touched upon something that has been bothering me for quite some time. How do we acknowledge and respond to big, massive, scary events in the world, or local events like lost children while not crying ourselves to sleep at night in despair? I think I have become desensitized to the world’s suffering in order to function as a healthy, happy person on a daily basis. The poem from Job is a much needed reminder. Thank you for writing this amazing post. I needed it so much.

    • I know what you mean, Jenny! I have to keep in mind that God’s focus is eternity so He sometimes uses the big events to get people’s attention. But the world’s misery sometimes seems overwhelming. I pray for the all the suffering ones and search the Bible for reminders that God cares and has a plan. As I try to encourage those around me to lift their eyes to Him, sometimes the biggest battle is the fight for my own faith—to just keep trusting day after day. And to be able to say with certainty, “God is good!”

  3. Great scripture! (and cute puppy!)
    I’m your newest follower from the middle matters bloghop! 🙂

  4. Wonderful post! Love the Scripture you shared and the reminder that God is God alone and creation speaks loudly of His glory. Have a blessed WFW!

  5. Thank you for the eye opener today. Beautiful!

  6. Love the photo… and what a great verse to go with it!

  7. We choose which way we will live every single morning. Some days it is easier than others but Jesus is always with us.

  8. Newest follower from the hop, check me out at whenever you can:)

  9. This is so true…every day is a miracle. And you are right – God IS enough! This is a confirmation to me of what God has been speaking to me about lately. Thanks so much for sharing; and for the comment you left at my blog.

    Oh, you have a really beautiful blog.


  10. Wonderful words!! I try to live my life happy and to be kind and patient with everyone. Some days it takes a *bit* of an effort, but I’m much happier when I act happy 🙂

  11. “Until then, we catch glimpses of His beauty in the miracles which surround us every day.”….amen…so true….we are blessed in so many ways….

  12. I love the passage you shared from Job. I once thought of that book only as the story of a man who suffered many things and whom the Lord restored his wealth. However, it is one of the most poetic books of the Bible and I love the imagry. This is a very encouraging post.


    • I, too, love the poetry of Job, Joan! And I read a historical fiction book about Job (Love Amid the Ashes) that brought him to life for me as a hero. You should check it out . . . Thanks for coming for a visit and have a great week!

  13. Life is tough even for Christ’s followers like yourself and me. I can’t imagine if the only thing I had to look forward to was this life here on earth. It has its joys, yes, but man does it have its sorrows and sufferings. I am so grateful that God reveals big and little miracles to those who have the heart, mind, and faith to embrace these beautiful gifts from God. I am grateful that there is a heavenly and eternal reward for those that love Him. Beautiful photo and post Renee Ann…Thanks for sharing on NOBH! I always enjoy soaking up your inspiring posts and words 🙂

  14. I was over here earlier and needed to think about your post some more before commenting. We so often get in our own way of seeing God’s creation. “Open your eyes and there it is.” This really touched me today Renee Ann. Thank you so much for sharing it. I have to keep asking myself, “What does He see?”

  15. Thought provoking post. Thanks … you’ve caused me to consider some things.

  16. Hi Renee, that is a beautiful post. I like your opening question on how you view the world. Is that a picture of your puppy?

    • Thanks, Noreen! This adorable puppy belongs to my niece, but I get to play with her a lot. I just read your post–congrats to the state of Indiana for doing the right thing!

  17. I’ve always loved that Albert Einstein quote! Thanks for sharing!

  18. I am coming in from the NOBH and I enjoyed the encouragement today.
    I try to see the “big” picture in everything, as in we are here to serve Him not ourselves and we are only here for a short time. It makes it easier to see the beauty and the heartache in the world.


  19. Indeed. Thank you for the reminder. You and the sunset made my day.

  20. I agree. I try to remind my self that there are miracles and blessings everywhere.

  21. I loved your thoughts today. I watch for and believe that the Lord sends tender mercies to us all. We just need to learn to recognize them. I feel so blessed and have seen many of these mercies throughout my life.
    Blessings to you!
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