I'm always amazed at all of the places that truth shows up. One of the contestants on American Idol sang this song by Martina McBride last night:
You can spend your whole life buildin'
Something from nothin'
One storm can come and blow it all away
Build it anyway
You can chase a dream
That seems so out of reach
And you know it might not ever come your way
Dream it anyway
God is great, but sometimes life ain't good
When I pray it doesn't always turn out like I think it should
But I do it anyway
I do it anyway
This world's gone crazy and its hard to believe
That tomorrow will be better than today
Believe it anyway
You can pour your soul out singing
A song you believe in
That tomorrow they'll forget you ever sang
Sing it anyway
Yeah, sing it anyway
I sing, I dream, I love
This song speaks to a commitment that I have made to myself to choose hope, as best as I can. I choose hope because I would rather live my life hopeful than not. Why not, as the song suggests, believe for the most, live for the most, seize the most, love the most, hope for the most. Isn't that a much better way to live than the alternative?
I've lived long enough to know that life gets marked by seasons. During those seasons, God is working to develop us, grow us and prepare us for what's ahead, in ways that we can't often see until we're well past that season of our lives. I would say that we are in one of those seasons right now: we're right where we're supposed to be, but its not entirely clear what is ahead or specifically what God is doing in our lives. So, while its difficult for me to always see what this season is about, I do know that one day I'll be able to look back on this season and say, "Oh, so THAT's what was going on and THAT's what God was doing!" What I don't want to do, upon looking back, is this: "Oh, so THAT's what God was up to! Well, if I had only known that, I would have been more hopeful all along!" No, I want to live each day filled with maximum hope simply because of who God is and how God works in our lives. So, even though I don't see it all right now, I choose hope.... Anyway.
May we all, no matter what season of life we are in, choose to live life fully. Hoping, Dreaming, Loving, Believing.... Anyway.