Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Bittersweet

That seems to be the theme of many days for me lately - bittersweet - and I am learning to love it surprisingly.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not some wall of strength that never falters, never has pieces break off, or even is torn down from time to time. Its just that hey, what choice do I have if I want to receive all that has been stored up for me?
I read a quote this morning from Charles Du Bos that said "The important thing is this: to be able at any moment to sacrifice what we are for what we could become."
As we pass through this life there are moments of loss, of change, of death, of revelation, and of forks in the road. One thing they all hold in common - something has to end for something to begin.
Bittersweet by definition is "that which produces or expresses a mixture of pain and pleasure".
I am learning to embrace the bittersweet, because all lessons God is attempting to teach me are pointing that way. My life seems full of them right now. Moments of change mean that the death of something must happen, but not so just that something new can be born, but that it may be experienced to the fullest.

Rev 21:5
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new...

As bittersweet as it may be sometimes, I want every single bit of what God has for me that will help me become who He wants me to be. My King Jesus - undo me and make all things new!

11 comments:

Britney said...

Marisa,
I so needed to hear this today. My family just left the church we have been attending since I was six. It's like you said in your post we have to be willing to give up who we are to be who God wants us to be. I am willing but it sure is bittersweet. Thank you for this today.

Marisa Lykins said...

That is a extremely difficult adjustment when you have grown up with that extended family for so long Britney. My husband and I left to go to another church a few years back after 12 at the same one. I have just watched friends make a very hard decidion to leave their home church after 20 years.
Such emotional upheaval can be a part of that!
My advice? Take the memories with you that make your heart smile and hold them close, but reach out immediately to get plugged in where you are going and begin serving asap - it will help you find out where God wants your next faith family adventure to begin, bond you quicker with those around you, and will show you those He intends to be your additional extended family!

Kevin Richardson - The Success Blog said...

Marisa,

I enjoy reading your blog! It is listed on my favorites menu. You are missed on the airwaves and I know God will continue to bless you in a mighty way.

Change can be tough, but change is needed to grow.

I am looking forward to seeing what God does through your life.

God Bless,

Kevin Richardson
www.KevinRichardsonBlog.com

Marisa Lykins said...

Hey Kevin - It was a very long day and Todd and I were both so tired we just stayed home.
Change IS hard, especially when its something you poured so much of youreslf into daily.
God is loving me through it all :)

Britney said...

Thanks Marisa for your encouraging words. I had gone there since I was 6 (I'm 28) and my husband since he was 17 (he's 30), so yes it is emotional but I will take your advice to heart. We are searching now for the place God wants us to be. Thanks again for your response. We miss your sweet voice on the air but know that many are keeping you in their prayers. :)

Marisa Lykins said...

what area of town?

David D. Miller said...

Hey Marisa, My wife and I have been trying to follow your blog for several weeks now, but every time we click on "follow" it prompts us with "page not found." We are able to click on this on other blogs and it works fine. Just thought we would give you a heads up. Love your posts. Been praying for you also.-David and Jessica Miller

Anonymous said...

Powell

Britney said...

Powell...sorry about "anonymous"...lol

Marisa Lykins said...

Come visit us at NorthStar! We're the "bubble" at the corner of pelissippi and I40 near brown squirrel furniture. I work the welcome center for the 9am service and attend the 2nd service at 11am

Britney said...

Thanks for the invite!