No one really likes to be sucker-punched by life. Even the good surprises can leave us wishing we’d had time to prepare, but if we choose to look at those surprises through a slightly different lens, believing that God is in even the worst of what life can bring, we’ll come out a little better off on the other side.
Your Response Matters to God
Have you ever been totally surprised by life? I mean knocked down, bowled over, totally out of left-field surprised by life?
If you haven't yet, just give it time.
Surprise might come in the form of something good, like a new job, a new love, an unexpected pregnancy, or a prodigal child returned home. It might also come in the form of something bad, like being looked over for a promotion, the loss of a loved one, the terrible twos, or a child whose heart seems far from God.
In the last several years I’ve experienced several of these surprises, some from the good category and some from the bad. I bet you have, too. Think back with me over the last year of your life and try to remember some of the things that have happened to you and your family. Then try to remember how you responded to them.
Was your response pretty? Or pretty ugly?
That's the topic of my newish little resource, Surprised by Life: Five Ways to Respond Well When Life Doesn't Go As Planned.
I say "newish" because I actually released this resource several years ago. As I looked at my branding, got a new site design, and released my first traditionally published book (which is STILL $1.99 on Amazon), I decided it deserved some time and attention.
So consider this a new and improved version of Surprised by Life. It's my Valentine's Day gift to you friends. Get it 100% free when you subscribe to my monthly-ish newsletter. Just enter your email address is the box below, and be sure to follow the directions in the verification email you'll get right away. If you don't, you won't get the resource, and we wouldn't want that to happen!