Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Those that are successful stayed

I keep thinking about a movie I watched this weekend, about the real life of Laura Ingall Wilders, the author of "Little House On The Prairie". Her father was a bit of a wanderlust, and thought if he just went here, they would prosper, or if he just went there, things would be better. Finally, her Mom got fed up with it, and in an uncharateristic show of iron, told him this time she wasn't going. That the successful ones stayed. I've been thinking about that. How many times do we leave a job because we don't like the people, the boss, the pay? Maybe, if we had just waited, if we had stayed, things would have changed, or we would have changed. What about the marriage that is just too hard? Or the kids that didn't grow up like you thought they should, and you are fed up with them? Or the church that isn't meeting your expectations of what a church should be. Or the family member or friend who has let you down more times than you care to count. What if, even when things are hard, we were supposed to stay? Don't get me wrong. There are times we are most definitely to go. If you are not safe physically, emotionally, or spiritually, God will lead you out of the situation. But I think, most of the time, that going is the easiest answer, and we lose a wonderful opportunity to grow, if we had just stayed.

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