Thursday, June 27, 2013

An Epiphany: On Doing What I Can Do

a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple, homely, or commonplace occurrence or experience.  (

I was just playing Sudoku online.  Today's puzzle was moderately difficult-- a 3 on a 5 point scale.   I had just reached that point of difficulty where there are no more obvious choices for placing the next digit on the grid.  I had to begin to reason through.  I suddenly began to realize that looking at the places where I couldn't place a number wasn't helping me at all.  I had to search out the spaces where I could take action.  
That's when I realized that life is like that.  I must look at what I can change, what is positive in my life- open doors, new experiences, possibilities.  I must not dwell in places where I will stagnate or founder or get frustrated and discouraged.   

Life is about change and goodness and being my best in Christ.  I must count my blessings each day, open the doors of opportunity before me, and work at changing those things that I can change in order to make my life a "living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God." (Romans 12:1)  And there is the rub, I can change only myself - my reactions, responses, my demeanor.  I can work only on me.  

I must live at peace with that thought and also accept the challenge that making myself pliable in the hands of God is enough work for each day.  And as I allow Him to work in my heart and my life, I must also extend His grace to all of those around me who are also His works in progress.  

Pressing On in Christ,


     " I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus"                                                                        Philippians 3: 14


  1. Excellent post, Lisa! I especially like this: "I can change only myself - my reactions, responses, my demeanor. I can work only on me."

    And I'm surprised I didn't know you had a blog!

  2. I thought I had mentioned it to you Blossom. I am a very sporadic writer--always missing opportunities when these thoughts occur to me and I fail to sit and write rather than thinking to myself--"Later." Thank you for your kind comments!