Accept what, tho?
Many times pastors will come up with a word or phrase at the beginning of a new year, something like a slogan that should guide our thinking during the year. Usually I forget in a few weeks what the word is and go on with my life. Our pastor, however, had a different idea for us on this retreat: We would pray to God and ask Him for a personal word to guide us. I figured I’d forget that word quickly, too.
As I was sitting nice and dry in the nook of our group’s bedroom, I flipped back and forth in the Bible and prayed. I asked God to show me something. But rather than a particular verse, a particular word came to mind: Accept.
“Accept what?” I asked.
I started thinking about my Leap of Faith earlier. In retrospect, I realize I shoulda told my friends beforehand that I sucked at swimming. But then they woulda probably talked me out of the jump. But it was called, literally, “Leap of Faith”—and I did that by not knowing how to swim. But then again, I coulda drowned, weren’t it for the quick thinking of my friends who saved me.
This brought me to the first lesson in acceptance I learned in 2020. Basically, what’s done is done. There is no value in focusing on the shoulda, woulda, coulda. But where do I go from here?
Again I heard the word “accept” in my heart.
I would at least accept that the word accept wouldn’t leave me for a while. Then a Scripture caught my eye:
“Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:6 NET
This brought to mind an old favorite:
“And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose,”
Romans 8:28 NET
But what did this have to do with acceptance?
That Sunday we all left Lion King early to get to the church service back home. It was a very normal Sunday, and I was happy to be onstage. I did have the word “accept” in the back of my mind as I sang. I wondered then, should I just sit back and accept 2020 will be good like those verses seemed to imply? Straight paths sounded real good to me, especially after the headaches 2019 had brought me.