I walked into Barnes and Noble about two weeks ago and stumbled across God Never Blinks by Regina Brett. The title and premise looked promising, and it was on sale for less than $7 so I decided to pick it up. It wasn’t until I got home that I discovered I’ve apparently had another Regina Brett book for quite some time that I never got around to. After reading God Never Blinks, that won’t be the case for much longer.
God Never Blinks is filled with bite-sized lessons on topics ranging from love, parenting, and our relationship with God. It’s a reminder that although life will try to bend us, it won’t break us unless we let it. It reminds us to hold onto happiness and to our faith.
Here are my 9 favorite lessons from God Never Blinks:
Lesson 8 – It’s okay to get angry with God. He can take it.
Lesson 10 – God never gives us more than we were designed to carry.
Lesson 13 – Don’t compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
“Comparison is the thief of joy.” One of the first lessons my mother ever taught me was that I shouldn’t envy what anyone else has because I don’t know what they did to get or what they have to do to keep it.
Lesson 16 – Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
Lesson 18 – A writer is someone who writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
This is always a timely message for me. I get caught up in the ideas and end up skipping the most important steps. If I want to become a published author, I have to get the dang book finished which means I need to write. I want more published pieces with different publications, what do I have to do to make that happen? Write.
Lesson 25 – No one else is in charge of your happiness. You are the CEO of your joy.
I am the captain of my ship, and master of my fate. There is no one that can influence my joy like I can. Make the decision to be happy. “Take care of your own needs and wants and you won’t be foisting desperate expectations on others. You’ll no longer go to them hungry for anything. You’ll go satisfied, with something to share that will enhance you both.” (p.118)
Lesson 31 – No matter how good or how bad a situation is, it will change.
The only constant in life is change. We can’t let bad things get to our heart and good things get to our head. “Chaos will come, calm will follow, and then it will start up all over again. The secret is to savor the ride. All of it.” (p.147)
Lesson 48 – If You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get.
Listen, closed mouths don’t get fed. I had to learn this the hard way and honestly, I still have a long way to go. We can’t be afraid to ask for things due to fear or uncertainty. What’s the worst that can happen? The answer will be no. That’s still the better alternative because if you don’t ask, the answer is always no and that’s the answer we gave to ourselves.
Lesson 50 – Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.
Nothing is ever going to be perfect and run smoothly. Perfection is a myth and we can’t avoid the mess, embrace that.
“The most important day of the year isn’t Christmas or Easter, your anniversary or your birthday. It’s the day you are in, so live the hell out of that day alone.” (p.233)
God Never Blinks is an honest, funny, and powerful book that I think everyone should pick regardless of age.
Have any of you read this book? If so, what are some of your favorite lessons?