If I look back at this past year and think about the moments that refined my thinking and changed my perspective on life, they wouldn't be classified as being fun or pleasant or even something I would like to repeat BUT they were the moments that made me stronger and more in - tuned with how I need to be used for the Kingdom. So to me that falls into the "Best" box and I have no regrets about having those experiences in my life. Most of the other nice things were great but probably didn't prune me as much as the difficult times.
Now don't get me wrong, I don't want a life filled with all hardship and no enjoyment and having continuous bumps in the road. I definitely enjoy the pleasurable moments in life with friends and family and embrace every moment. I just think it would be good for each of us to maybe take a close look at how the best moments are defined for us. Many have a sense of entitlement and feel that they have endured too much on the hardship meter but never see the value in how that can change their viewpoint on life and relationships.
I am filled with gratitude for the life I have been given, to have renewed energy and a better year of physical health this past year. The reason I can have this mindset is because I know the Best can be the very hardest thing in life I have endured. The Best was painful, debilitating, life ending and yet it refined me for His glory.
I hope that as you enter into 2014 that you reflect on those two categories for your life. May 2014 be a year where you view your experiences through a new filter, with a grateful heart and a peaceful soul.