You know how some people believe that bad things shouldn’t happen to good people. Or even better yet, bad things shouldn’t happen at all? Not gunna lie, that’s something that I’ve always wondered about but never had an answer to. Like, yeah, bad things are going to happen because our world isn’t perfect. You can try, I can try; everyone can try to be perfect but eventually we’ll all miss the mark sooner or later. I know so many people in my life – amazing people that I love and would consider pretty good human beings. But bad things have happened to them that have changed their life or wrecked dreams. Bad things have happened to me and I wouldn’t consider myself to be a bad person.

The other day, my design teacher had us watch a clip from Ted Talks. I had never heard of Ted Talks until coming to school but now I really enjoy them. They make me think. Anyways, the one we watched was by Phil Hansen called “Embrace the Shake” it’s like 10 minutes but just watch it, this one is amazing…

Mmmmmk now with that in mind think about bad things happening to good people. Phil seemed like a pretty sweet guy and obviously an extremely talented artist. But, why would something as bad as permanent nerve damage happen to him and potentially destroy his career? The way I see it – God knew that Phil had more potential. God knows everything about us, correct? Then why do we consider something’s bad and something’s good when really, we don’t fully know what’s bad and good. You know? We keep striving for what we think is good and wonderful but God sees that He has so much more planned for us than we do! God’s dream for you and for me are more vibrant than anything we could possibly imagine!

After watching that Ted Talk, I was encouraged to embrace the shake in my own life. No, I don’t have nerve damage in my hands; limiting my ability to write and draw – or type for that matter. But I just recently moved to, what seems to be the middle of no where for design school. Maybe I need to “go along with the move” ? Just like God pushed Phil to experiment with his art and inevitably become better, I believe God is pushing me out of my comfort zone to become a better person. Usually, what we think to be something terrible and unfortunate – God is intending to be awesome! We just need to open our eyes and embrace the new challenge with open arms. I don’t know what you’ve got going in your life right now but I want to encourage you, right now, to look at the situation with eyes of acceptance. We may not be able to change the scenario we are currently in; we may even fall into a slump – just like Phil did with his art. But, we can take the situation to God and ask Him to help us see the good in it.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” – Jeremiah 29:11-13 NIV


– Stay Satisfied

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