David Richo has a BOOK out: The Five Things We Cannot Change: And The Happiness We Find By Embracing Them (Shambala, 2005). He claims that there are certain facts of life that we cannot change, unavoidable â€œgivensâ€. They are:1) Everything changes and ends,
2) Things do not always go according to plan,
3) Life is not always fair,
4) Pain is part of life,
5) People are not loving and loyal all the time.
I so appreciate these points. They are a sobering tonic in the face of all the syrupy platitudes that seem to abound today, especially in Western Christianity. Many refuse to go here. In the words of Jack Nicholson, â€œwe canâ€™t handle the truth!â€ But we must go here to get to the joy we all desire.
What I love about reading blogs by pastors is that you can stumble upon so many truths you might never expect to see.Â In my life right now, I am struggling with 2 and 5.Â I had a plan and a few weeks ago that plan was thrown a huge curveball that I am hoping I can hit.Â The problem is forgetting #2 leaves you feeling vulnerable and if you forget #5 at the same time the pain is even greater.Â I am not sure if my current situation is a test of faith or the consequences of not trusting God and I am not really sure if it matters.Â The only way out is to be faithful in trusting God.Â That is my prayer for the day/week/month…. That I faithfully trust God, and “prepare my fields to receive the rain”.