Existence is suffering…. 1st Noble Truth of Buddhism

Life is difficult… Opening line of The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck

In the world ye shall have tribulation… Jesus, John 16:33

We’ve been warned people! Yep, just a glance around us on this earth, will reveal that we are surrounded by suffering, difficulty, and sorrow. I don’t want the world to be this way, but yes, it is this way. Whoever we blame: Satan, God, Eve, Adam, sin, humans… it is this way.

Preaching or teaching is not my reason for writing this; rather, a poignant reminder to myself. Self, you are surrounded by sorrow daily on this earth. Get used to it, maybe, but I prefer this is just the way it is. Acceptance. Free to help.

Anger, disbelief, pain, denial are all my reactions to the wrongness of the world. Natural reactions, true. But what if I add acceptance? Not liking, or wanting, or promoting this wrongness, but just plain it is this way. I’m accepting, after a soul wrenching span, the death of my love. He’s gone, I watched him go, and I know beyond any doubt that he’s not returning to me on this earth as he was before. Randy is passed. Acceptance. Grief is subsiding slowly. My self absorption is transforming into seeing the pain of others.

The Eight Fold Path of right living…. Buddhism’s end to suffering

Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult… The Road Less Traveled, M. Scott Peck

I have told you all this so that you may find your peace in me… never lose heart, I have conquered the world!... Jesus, John 16:33

*acknowledgement to Eckhart Tolle for this inspiration of thought, and to God…

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6 thoughts on “Acceptance

  1. Good reminder, Donna. I love John 16:33. Also Romans 12:21 – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” Jesus took our suffering on Himself. That doesn’t mean we don’t suffer in this life, but we know we’re not alone, and we can overcome.
    God bless you and strengthen you.

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  2. I love your perspective on acceptance. The M. Scott Peck quote about acceptance is powerful. My brother quoted that first line of the book to me recently, so I think it’s time I tracked down my copy so I can read it again!

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  3. I just finished the book, Becoming Elisabeth Elliot by Ellen Vaughn. Elisabeth had this to say about acceptance: “Each separate experience of individual stripping we may learn to accept as a fragment of the suffering Christ bore when He took it all . . . This grief, this sorrow, this total loss that empties my hands and breaks my heart, I may, if I will accept, and by accepting it, I find in my hands something to offer. And so I give it back to Him, who in mysterious exchange gives Himself to me” (p. 112). Just one example of her wisdom, and so appropriate (I thought) for what you’ve presented here. (If you haven’t read this book already, I recommend it!)

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