I wouldn’t have missed it for the world

Joan Clayton: Columnist

When you were just a plan in the mind of God, how would you answer if he asked you some questions about your impending journey to earth?

With all the incredible technology that has been accomplished in just a few short decades and the intelligence God gave man to master such feats, isn’t it conceivable God could review your entire life on his giant computer?  From birth to death you could see all the pain, sadness and injustices of your life.  You could also see the joys, the laughter, the victories and the love … the hardships, but oh yes … the victories!

What if God said you could choose not to be born. You would never experience the agony of a broken heart but neither would you know the indescribable joy and ecstasy of love.

Would you go or stay? The choice would be yours. If you chose not to come to earth how would you experience the heights of heaven? If you had never experienced pain, rejection, troubles and sorrow, would you take heaven for granted? Would you be so used to it that you lacked gratitude or appreciation?

I firmly believe God has a purpose for every person born on this earth.  I also believe that the highest form of selfishness and immaturity is to say, “I wish I had never been born.”

To be given a chance at life is the highest form of love. The most amazing miracle occurs at birth. Everything about your personality is conceived in that microscopic cell of conception. Your talents, your total being, the color of your eyes and hair, your stature, your abilities … everything in that tiny little cell.  Is that not miraculous?

Life is a wondrous thing. It’s an adventure. To me the best thing about it is, God helps his children to live life to the fullest, “…I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

“It’s a Wonderful Life” is my favorite movie of all time. In the movie, Jimmy Stewart’s superb acting depicts a man weighted down by many problems. He wished he had never been born. He gets his wish. He is permitted to see how his life would have been without his beloved wife and family. When the wish was reversed, his joy became immeasurable … enabling him to see the purpose of life … “losing oneself in love for others.”

I believe you and I were planned by God and sent to earth for a specific purpose.

I believe this earthy journey is a training ground … a time to learn to forgive, a time to laugh, to love, to bless and to encourage people. I’ve been given an “x” amount of time “to lose my life to find it.” (Luke 17:33) I realize I only get to keep what I’ve given away.

My great grandmother, my grandmother and my mother all had a cycle of life with work to accomplish. I often think of Mordecai’s statement to Queen Esther when the very lives of her people were to be executed, “And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14 NIV). 

Who knows but that we were born for such a time as this in the schedule of God’s planning for our lives?
If the Lord had given me a choice to be born or not, I would exuberantly say, “Yes Lord! I will go to earth. I will take the risk. I will love. I may not be loved in return, but I will risk rejection and pain.  It hurts to love.  No one knows that better than you.  You went through unbearable shame and pain because of love and I cannot thank you enough!”

Yes, I will experience life. I will seek forgiveness. I will overlook offenses.

I will trust in God’s plan for me and I will pray to be lead by his Spirit. I will fight the good fight of faith. I will complete the journey. I will return to the Lord, a different person than I was before.

Meanwhile, I thank the Lord for my time to live.
I wouldn’t have missed it for the world!