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Monday, November 14, 2016

Can Life Be Easier?

Life is easier to take than you’d think; all that is necessary is to accept the impossible, do without
the indispensable and bear the intolerable.” 
–Kathleen Norris, American author (1880-1960)

Most of us on any given day would probably want life to be easier. Easier to cope with the frustrations that seem inevitable, easier to battle the innumerable delays to our plans, easier to absorb disappointments and get up again to start another day.

In the above quotation are three biggies that Ms. Norris mentions as a way to make life easier. Let’s look at each of them.

Accept the impossible. If something is truly impossible, it would seem natural that an impossibility would not even exist and, therefore, we wouldn’t have to accept it.

Do without the indispensable. By definition, indispensable means “extremely important and necessary” (Merriam-Webster dictionary). We cannot survive without some of those extremely necessary things in our life: eating, breathing, and sleeping.

Bear the intolerable. Of course, if something is intolerable we cannot bear it—we wouldn’t survive living at the North Pole without suitable clothing, and we couldn’t live in the desert without water.

In life, we sometimes feel frustration, failure, disappointment, anger, defeat. My high school principal told the senior class: "When you feel like you've come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on."

So, in my opinion, what Ms. Norris means in the above quotation is that if we could accept the impossible, could do without the indispensable, and could bear the intolerable, yes, life would be easier. Of course it would! But we can’t do those things, and life won’t get easier.

There's a solution that would help life to be better—not easier, but better. We can react to the impossible, the indispensable and the intolerable with a loving attitude and our days can improve. If we believe in Jesus, the Holy Spirit will dwell within us. Then, guess what the fruit of the Holy Spirit does? The Holy Spirit will produce in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22). 

Notice that the first three things we can have through the Holy Spirit are love, joy, and peace—necessary things to possess when facing life with all its ups and downs. All these attributes—gifts from God—mentioned above in the Bible verse will enable us to better meet the unfavorable things of life.

How can you have the fruit of the Holy Spirit? Find a Bible, read John 3:16, and become a whosoever. Believe and obey God and He will give you love, joy, peace… They are His gift to us. But, as with any gift, we have to reach out and accept it.

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