God called me into ministry in 1999. I'm not sure what I thought life would be like after accepting this great assignment, but I can definitely say that it's been quite the adventure. Many of the places the He has taken me have been wonderful! And many of them have been riddled with extreme challenges.
During one of those "challenges" I found myself crying on the phone to my dear Mother. While asking her why I had to go through times like "this", she said something I will never forget. She asked me if I just want "out" or did I want to be "up".
Let that sink in for a moment. Out or up? So often when we get "out" of a particular situation we simple make a lateral move into another trying place. God never promises that He will remove us from our trying places. But He does tell us that we should "set our minds on things above".
We can live above our current circumstances in Him - all the while still be in that very trying place. We can find joy, peace, contentment and purpose in the hardships of life.
I have learned something in walking with my Lord. He has a lot to teach me in the hard times of life. But I can walk tall and with a smile on my face if I will truly "LIVE ABOVE" the things that I can see and focus my attention on Him alone.