Monday, March 29, 2010

Simplifying the A.B.C.D.E. & F's

Over the years I've learned a thing or two about the process of going through a struggle, the a.b.c.d.e. & f's. Here it is in a nutshell. Never mind the word "nutshell" right now. I could take that word in so many directions in relation to this For now, I'll be nice and leave it to the meaning of summary.

Here's the order of what typically happens when something goes wrong/against our plans. We tend to ..a) freak out ..b) eventually get to talking to God about it ..c) eventually listen to what He says to us in our hearts and in His Word ..d) regroup and move forward ..e) can't believe we almost let one insignificant thing or issue knock us off course ..f) tell others about the time God lead us through something that seemed so _______ and ended up being a testimony to His love and power.

What's right and wrong with this picture? Do I have to say? Some other time, I'll go into the details of what's wrong and right. For now, I'll just break it down in the simplest form. I just started a college 'beginning algebra' course. Within the first lesson of the course, we're going over "simplifying numerical radical expressions". Reality just set in as I typed that mathematical term. "Simplifying", square roots in particular, has been a I'm learning though. I think I am. Too funny!

Anyway, here's how you simplify the a.b.c.d.e. & f's. Mess up or be messed up, turn to Him, listen to Him, do what He says, move forward. Shake it off and move forward. Of course the easiest way to deal with life is to just turn to Him before things go south. We should all practice doing that before we get to "a".

Any alphabetical wizards reading this? What comes before "a"? Is it possible to start with "b"? Should we, should I just move the Lord to where the "a" is? The Word does say He's the Alpha and Omega (Revelation 22:13). Isn't it about time we all just made Him that in our lives? Isn't that what making Him Lord is suppose to accomplish in us?...making Him the first and the last, the "a" and the "z"? If we just did that, I bet it would simplify everything.


  1. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7