My most current reading has included <strong><em>Beyond Blame Freeing Yourself From the Most Toxic Form of Emotional Bullsh*t </em></strong>by Carl Alasko. This book supports what I already believe which is that each of us should take personal responsibility for our actions, deeds and thoughts. Mr. Alasko took this just that much further by removing blame from ourselves by saying we each should take “positive accountability.” I like this so much more because although I will take responsibility for my actions sometimes that still included blaming myself.
I have lessons to learn. We all have lessons to learn. A recent friend of mine told the story of a pearl in the field. She told those of us listening that God has a pearl in the field for each of us. She said it is the most expensive kind of pearl. It is not perfectly shaped or colored. It is in reality the ugliest, biggest, discolored pearl we can imagine but that is what makes it worth so much.
She said the pearl is heavy (heaven or lessons?) and she is out in the field trying to dig it out with a screwdriver all the time thinking what she needs in a backhoe. Meanwhile God is just smiling at her and laughing a little bit because what He wants her to do is sit down in a rocking chair and rock while He gets the pearl out and gives it to her wrapped in a love.
Lessons can be like that. We can be working so hard at digging them out of the ground with the wrong tools that we miss Gods glory and love in the process. Sit back, read a good book and allow God to work in your life.