Monday, September 03, 2007

The New Normal

"Some things happen to us from which we never recover, and they disrupt the normalcy of our lives. That's how life is.

"Human nature has a tendency to try to reconstruct old ways and pick up where we left off. If we're wise, we won't continue to go back to the way things were. We must instead forget the old standard and accept a 'new normal'."

The above quote is Don Piper in his book 90 minutes in Heaven (p. 137). Don was killed in a car wreck and came back to life -- a life that is filled with nearly constant physical pain. A few pages after the above quote, Don tells about a man who lost his sight, became demoralized and bitter. A friend convinced him, rather than dwell on what he could no longer do (see), to make a list on a cassette tape of all the things he could do. After awhile, the blind man, with changed emphasis, told his friend, "there are thousands of things I can still do!"

Regardless of what we may think of Piper's book and his death/heaven experience, let's learn to cast off the atheistic and worldly philosophy -- things don't happen for a reason; they just happen. Let's move under "the new normal" that God has established for us -- whatever that may be -- to learn that in whatsover state we find ourselves to be content, and know that all things work together for good to them that love God.

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