You cannot avoid life. As it comes at you it will bring good and bad; the rain as well as the sunshine. No matter who you are or how rich you are or how powerful you are, you will still experience good days and bad days. Sickness does not stop because you’re wealthy. Tragedy does not halt because you’re powerful. The Bible informs us that it rains on the just, as well as on the unjust.

In our quest for a better life, we search for the way to avoid life’s troubles. There is no way. The pathway to a better life is to experience all that life gives. A better life is determined by how we handle the life we must encounter. When sickness comes, how do we handle it? When tragedy comes, how do we handle it? A better life is not just how we handle the bad days but, also how we handle the good ones. When money comes, how do we handle it? When a relationship presents itself, how do we handle it?

Too many of us are under the notion that a better life is in changing our surroundings, or at least controlling them. Consequently, we devout a sizeable amount of our time attempting to direct what cannot be directed. In our failure, we turn to God so we can direct him to redirect the things we do not want to experience in life. Unfortunately, God never promised to be our own personal traffic cop.

However, this is what God did promise us. The Apostle Paul, writing to the church in Rome stated “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). If I am in love with God and fulfilling his purpose through my life, I can expect that the good, and the bad days, will work together for my good.

There are some lessons I need to learn from Paul’s teachings. The first lesson is that even the bad days will work for me if I do not quit. Lesson two is that who and what I am in love with, is important. Lesson three is that what my life glorifies will produce its harvest of my life. Lesson four is that there is a positive in a negative situation, but I must be willing to wait for it to materialize. Sometimes, the best action I can take in a bad situation is no action at all. Maybe all those negatives that have been happening in my life are cooking up one of the best meals I’ve ever had. Have you ever tried eating raw food? If so, you probably know by now that it’s best to wait for it to be cooked.

Stuff happens. Life happens. We may not be able to change what comes at us, but if we can be in command of our actions, we can decide how to react to what life brings. Good and godly decisions will produce a good life if we wait for the harvest.