I’m not a big fan of pretending… I love dressing up for Halloween, but I prefer taking my mask off for the rest of the year.
As a Christian, my thoughts of giving up have never been directed on giving up on the Lord. I’ve never wanted to give up on my love for Jesus. My thoughts of giving up, are…giving up on myself.
I’ve thought about how it’s too hard.
I can’t do this anymore.
Why try? I’m not good enough.
I have negative thoughts.
I make some ugly choices.
I’m such a hypocrite.
No wonder as a Christian, I have wanted to give up in defeat. Society has painted this picture of Christians living with no depression or problems, no temptations, only positive thinking, no family problems, no alcoholics, no confusion, no hour by hour crisis and happy go lucky.
Honest and sincere Christians will tell you that this isn’t true. They will tell you their testimonies, their faults, their ugly choices, their confusion, their problems and temptations. They will tell you that they are not sitting above you and reach for your hand to place you right beside them.
It’s an insult to Jesus, who became poor, who died a failure in the eyes of the world. Jesus didn’t die for us to pretend that our lives are perfect. Encourage one another to let go of this picture perfect idea of a Christian and to be transparent with one another
Every person on this planet reaches that crisis point at one time or another in life. Great men of the Bible faced the same battles that you and I face every day. In my own struggles, I’ve found great comfort in knowing that God really loves me! God loves his children-failure or not.
You will have broken relationships, feelings of despair and moments of depression. In those moments, it’s up to you to inhale the word of God and exhale in prayer. If you make ugly choices, learn from them and go on.
Don’t beat yourself down and give up!
Give it to God!
Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.