The early months of this year brought major challenges, as well as blessings, for many folks. They certainly bought many unique challenges and blessings for me.
We live through series of highs and lows. We need the good times, but with them come challenges that teach and build faith.
People talk about escaping from reality when times get tough, but how about turning that around? Why not "escape into reality" instead? By escaping into reality, we can begin to see those highs and lows for what they are.
So where do we find that elusive venue called reality, and how can we be sure we're escaping into it rather than it? Here are some clues.
Reality is found in many very ordinary things. We hear it in a grandparent's gentle voice and feel it in a child's big warm hug. We also experience it in compassion during adversity and see it in thrilling visions for the future. However, it is easy to confuse self-limiting beliefs with reality.
Several years ago, I had a huge goal for a fund-raiser to help a local cancer victim and his family. Someone said to me, "Get real! You can not possibly do that." I smiled and said, "You're right. It looks like a lot, and it would be tough doing it alone. But I'm sure real, so if you'll help lead this, we could do even more." We did outdance our goal because we
Invited enough people to "get real" about a worthy cause.
Escaping into reality can also unforgettable more of the happiness hiding in life's shadows. In other words, we can view situations from perspectives of love rather than fear.
We can create visions of hope based on new behaviors rather than regret based on past mistakes. We can look beyond appearances to find more love and abundance in every aspect of our lives. The vision of a goal must become as tangible a reality in the mind and heart as if you had reached out and touched it with your hand.
Begin by giving thanks for all you have now. Just for a moment, imagine you are a child discovering newness in everything. Then fast-forward with a child's faith, honoring what you intend to accomplish in your lifetime.
An anonymous author wrote, "Happiness lies for those who cry, who hurt, who have searched, and who have tried, for only they can appreciate the importance of the people who have touched their lives."
God has blessed us with a treasure trove of reality: His unending love for us. Love is the one true reality, and when your feelings and motives are based on love rather than fear, you'll know your escape was successful. Share the reality of God's love with someone who needs encouragement today.
Looking and listening for the many small miracles in your life will reveal what is actually possible. Do you need some time away? Escape into reality today. The Creator's love will guide every step you take.