Saturday, August 21, 2010

The twists and turns of life

A couple of weeks ago our son, Zack, and daughter-in-law, Laura, graduated from Florida State University with Masters' degrees in Social Work.  Both of them had been out of college for several years when they returned to school and met on the first day of their graduate programs.  Who knew that an added bonus of returning to school would be that you would find your future spouse there?

I guess it shouldn't be any surprise that people who major in Social Work would be willing to give up the comforts associated with working full-time at a reasonable salary to return to the Spartan existence of someone who's paying their own way through school.  After all, Social Workers are not known to make the big bucks anyway so this should be good training for what lies ahead. 

As they were waiting for the graduation ceremony to start, the talk among their peers was, "Have you gotten a job, yet?"  Sadly, the answer that most of them were giving was, "No."  Zack and Laura have been blessed with jobs while in school and now that they have graduated, they both have jobs in their field, as well. 

Life is like that.  There are twists and turns all along the way.  No one that I know has sailed through life without them.  At some of those twists are unexpected and pleasant and surprises, like meeting your future spouse on the first day of school.  At other turns, we face challenges like a struggle to find a job in our field of study.  It's what we do with those twists and turns, how we respond to them that dictate the course of life.  As I've gotten older, I have loosened my grip on life.  I'm more willing to accept what comes my way and work with it.  That's not to say that I no longer have ambitions or plans, but I no longer look at the twists and turns as obstacles to my plan but rather recognize that they may very well be part of God's plan.

I'm thankful that Zack and Laura are ambitious and adventurous and I hope that they will always embrace the twists and turns of life.

What about you?  How receptive are you to the twists and turns of life?  Do you find yourself fighting them or embracing them?  Is embracing them just giving in?  Does fighting them amount to "staying the course"?  How do you see this?

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