Sunday, April 28, 2013

What if this is as good as it gets?

Most of us had heard it--Jack Nicholson (AKA Melvin Udall) asks a room full of psychiatric patients: What if this is as good as it gets?

Good question.
And I have an answer.
This IS as good as it gets.

It doesn't matter where you are or what's going on--whether you are happy or sad, whether sick or well, needy or full to the brim with everything you think you want.
This is as good as it gets.

Because outside circumstances determine the good-ness of your life less than the inside ones

Not too long ago, One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp hit the best seller list.
Ann showed us how to be grateful with what is happening in life.
Right now.
No matter what it is.
As though whatever is going on will never change.
It might, but don't count on it.

This is the good news:
No matter what is going on, God has your back.
Your situation exists either because He has willed it, or He has allowed it.
It's that simple.
If He is God, He is sovereign over the world. If He isn't sovereign, He isn't God.

And, in case you didn't know it, He's God.
How much better than that can you get?

Oh Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hands, and no one can withstand you.--2Chronicles 20:6
I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy; and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.--Exodus 33:19
I have loved you with an everlasting love.--Jeremiah 31:3


  1. So thankful that God has my back! Thanks for this reminder.

  2. This is such good bottom-line wisdom. No wonder Paul said godliness with contentment is great gain! Great post!

    1. Bottom line. Yes, you are right. I don't know any other way to be content. Certainly, not all of the places we find ourselves feel like pleasant ones...but, if we know, really know, that they are OUR places, ordained by God, well, it makes them look a little different.

  3. Oh Yes, love this - and I get it. It's printed and on the wall in my office. Praying God writes it on my heart

    1. Robbie! This is the best comment ever! I love you!

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  5. Replies
    1. Funny, it's kind of a backward optimism, but sometimes, it's hard to have any other kind...

  6. This is so good---thank you SO much. We are waiting on job prospects to call back and feel like we've just put everything on hold. We've been like this for two years. That's two years of missing out on life because we're waiting for life to happen. I needed this perspective today!

    Hope you're having a nice week. I've posted the new Homemaking Party for the week and would love to have you link up, if you'd like!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

    1. You know, it always felt like the waiting times were times when I was missing my own life, but it didn't need to be like that. Life happens in the waiting, too, but you have evidently discovered that....

      And as for the party, I'm in!

  7. Live in the moment, truly, in the moment.

  8. Ah, how much *bigger* thank God can you get and, bless His name forever, the answer is no bigger. He's all we need because it's all His to command.

  9. Thank you for the reminder that God is always there.

  10. I am grateful that this life is only temporary -- and yet, no less precious. I've pretty much stopped making to-do lists and I just trust that God will tell me what to do in the moment.