There is more to a person that meets the eye. Before we speak, a person has already had several conversations (internal and external). When we meet a new person ready to share the gospel, we are expecting them to “receive” what we say instantly. We expect them to believe that God loves them and has an amazing future for them. We are disappointed when our words are discounted.
There is something about new things that we find appealing. Some find joy in new opportunities, new friendships, or other new things. After a while, it we do not take the proper care of new things, we quickly become bored and cast them into a pile of things that no longer bring us satisfaction after the newness has diminished.
Fear and I were once in a close relationship. Fear gave voice to my inhibitions and responded with answers that agreed with my feelings at the moment. Fear would tell me to avoid pursuing God’s purpose for my life by saying, “It is much better to play it safe. Do you realize the cost of being a disciple of Christ?” Fear taught me to look at circumstances and said, “Things can never improve.
Endurance is challenging, especially when you are faced with adversity. Your natural reaction is to quit or to hide, but instead God wants us to stand. Standing is an act of faith and a struggle of the will. We are encouraged in Scripture to stand and see the salvation of the Lord. As exciting as this Scripture might be, in the middle of life’s moments, this is the last thing you want to do.
This year, I have found myself looking for peace in adversity. My journey has led me to be more mindful of my personal habits. For example, I notice that I have been checking my Smart Phone more often. I want to know what is going on with those I love, what is going on in the world, and I want to see what will happen next.
Have you been wondering why you were born during this time? With news of wars, rumors of war, human intolerance, social unrest and disquiet all around us it makes us think. You might even question, “What am I still doing here. Come get me God!”