Even a light perusal of the news, and it becomes oh so very obvious that we live in a Society that has become “Victim” oriented. The excuses used to explain why someone did what they did has become a game of “one-ups-man-ship” Each new victim has a grab-bag of blame giving way to excuses for their bad behavior, and each one convinced that we the citizenry are stupid enough to let them get away with it (no examples need be given).
I heard a couple being interviewed today and something the husband said hit me like an arrow. They had been in an accident and both burned severely. The wife was not expected to live, and as she made each progressive step to recovery, the doctors would warn her husband not expect her to walk, use her hands or be able to do much with her life. God had other plans, and they give Him all the glory from their recovery. 20/20 did an interview with them and left out the part of God’s intervention, but that has not stopped them from telling everyone who will listen that God is the reason for the miraculous in their burn recovery.
Now, what did the husband say. He said, “….we decided a long time ago to be burned SURVIVORS NOT, burn VICTIMS“. There it is. The difference between those that want to live by excuses, and have people feel sorry for them, and those that choose to be VICTORS. It is that one word – SURVIVOR.
The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the Corinthians in chapter 4: “……7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.8 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair;9 persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body.12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.’………….
16‘ Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (the NIV)
Studying the life of the Apostle Paul reveals that he suffered many hardships by the hands of men and nature. Here is this passage he sums up those experiences saying, “yes we were knock down, but ….. WE WERE NOT KNOCKED OUT!” Paul and his companions choose NOT to accept the role as victims, but chose to give glory to God and testify to being SURVIVORS of the trials. Which person would you rather sit and listen to?
Victim or Survivor is just that, A CHOICE. You choose to be a victim and you choose to be a Survivor (The Victor). As a victim you get to have a “pity-party”, yet few if any show up to the party(and they never bring gifts). As a Survivor (victor) you get to live and get on with your life having become stronger, of more value and smarter as a result of the trial. No one is going to make that choice for you, you have to make it yourself.
When we stand before God one day, we’ll find out that excuses NEVER work with Him. So, what are you going to do now?