I’m one of those people who gets all gung-ho over something then, when the excitement is over, so is my gung honess. Yes, I do believe I just made up a new, usable word! Gung-honess! I like it! Anyway, back to what I was saying. I suppose I’m one of those people who gets bored really easily. Plus, lots of times, when the going gets tough, this not-so tough girl doesn’t get to going! Unless, that is, running away counts as “getting to going”. The things in life I really enjoy, are the things that come extremely easy for me. I’m all about comfort, particularly mine. Well, actually, I like those around me to be comfy as well because, if someone close to me is uncomfortable , it might infringe on my ability to stay comfortable. I feel like if God wants me to have, or do a certain thing, all the planets will align, it’ll just fall right into my lap, and everything will be easy, and go perfectly smooth! *Insert crashing sound* Yeah, that’s rarely ever how life works.
I remember being young and not having to pay for my own things. I appreciated those things, but nothing made me care about something more than when I had to work to pay for it. Like, the first car I bought, and paid for. And by paid for I mean that I paid it off completely! Having no car payment made me appreciate that car SO much more! Especially since I, a real grown up, had accomplished such a thing. That’s precisely why, 90 percent of the time, God doesn’t just drop things in our laps. He knows what it takes to make us appreciate something.
Every person is different. There are people who are, naturally, more appreciative, and selfless than others. Therefor, they may not have to work as hard, or go through as much junk. Everything we do, and say. Everything we have and don’t have. How we handle the junk that’s thrown our way. It all boils down to the motives of our hearts! How and why do we do certain things? Are we doing things to bring attention to ourselves, or to glorify God? Why do we want certain things? Do we want to accumulate lots of things because we’re greedy and prideful, and more worried about the opinions of our peers more than God’s opinion? Are we bitter about our life’s circumstances. Do we think so highly of ourselves that we think we’re above suffering? Jesus was perfect and He had to suffer!
Look, I’m not saying that God causes suffering, or that His goodness depends on our ability to be good . Without Jesus, none of us are good! What I’m trying to say is that God has a plan for everyone, and He will allow whatever it takes to try and make you realize that you need a savior! I’m also not saying that once you surrender your life to Christ that your life will be perfect or easy. We live in a fallen world full of sin. However, knowing that God is in control, and that the end result of this life is eternal life, in Heaven with God, allows you to have joy and peace amidst the trials! With the Holy Spirit living inside you, you don’t have to just make it through until you get to Heaven! You can live an abundant life here on this earth and preserve through life’s trials.
Accepting Jesus as your savior is more than just a “get out of hell free” card! It’s having a personal relationship with with Christ and getting to know Him. He never wants us to remain stagnant or keep Him to ourselves. Every believer’s purpose (at least one of them) is to share Jesus with others! That doesn’t mean everyone’s a preacher. It means that if you say that you’re a Christian and you’re not doing anything to further God’s kingdom, whether serving, in some capacity, at your church, (and YES. You SHOULD be involved in a local church!) inviting someone into your home, doing a random good deed, or sometimes it could be something as simple as smiling at someone just to assure them that someone cares, then you’re not doing your job! Just show the love of Christ! If you’re not bearing fruit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control) You might want to do some soul searching.
Anyway, I guess what all this boils down to is this…, if you need gung-honess, you can have it through Christ! When the going gets tough, remember that God’s in control, and all we need do is trust, and sometimes work! 🙂 Don’t run away from trials! Run head on into them knowing that God’s got your back, and that a little hard work never hurt anyone!
I’m sure now I’ll see God’s goodness
in the exuberant earth. Stay with God!
Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again:
Stay with God. Psalm 27:13-14