In a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize. So run to win...the eternal prize!
Yeah.....the story of my life
I constantly have to remind myself that God cares about me, if not, I forgot and try to reson things out myself. Not so long a ago, I received an unfavorable diagnosis from my doctor. I was devastated. The doctors and residents that attended to me were searching my face to see my reaction and calculate how they would console me. I just kept replaying in my head… “God Thank you that I know you”. As I took the elevator back to my work area (I work in the hospital), I was just fighting back the tears. Next couple of days and weeks ahead were more mental and spiritual battles. As a recall that bad news day, never once did I think or say, Lord why me? Instead I found the strength to thank Him for each day and know that though it all He loves and cares for me. It surely helps to remind myself… least I forget.
It is such a struggle for me not to be anxious about stuff. I easily get blown away by litty bitty issues of live......and find it difficult to make myself realize that......I am not my own......that my life is really in God's hand. It is a battle I lose many more times than I want to remember. I too often forget that every tribulation.....every trial.....is a stepping stone to greater victories in Christ Jesus.In order for God to promote us, from one level (or depth) of Christian maturity to another, He often tests us. Now I don't have to tell you how many times I've had to repeat the course...before achieving a passing score and getting promoted. Any wonder then that I remain at this level of Christian maturity...fed with milk rather than bone.....this many years since I got born again.
The following was what a very dear friend of mine shared with me today...So I decided and said out loud "as from today November 7, 2007, I chose not to worry again...I dont care if I have a difficult boss.I don't care if I'm the last in my office to get a raise.I don't care if I have no clue what will happen if I lose this job.I don't care if I dont know for sure if I'll get another job.I don't care if I don't have a boyfriendI don't care if I don't know how long I still have to wait for the man to show upI don't care if I have unpaid credit card debt (YES, I have huge ones, so what??)I dont care, I dont care, I dont care....I could go on and on....Bottomline is, I CHOSE to stop all worrying, obvious and non-obviousAnd I chose to be excited about every single day...Whether or not I have a reason to I will be excited about everyday I will create excitement for myself if need be...This is how I used to live my life...so I'm coming out!
I also see tribulations as tests. You know in order to body build you have to constantly lift weights, well if you keep lifting 5lbs then eventually you have to graduate to 10lb then 15lbs. Well same way God builds us up... he allows or permits 5lbs worth of trials as you grow and mature in spiritual strenght and learn to truth Him, He gives you 10lbs worth of trials and test... That is how He uses His chosen people. So I could myself quite forunate to have ever increasing lbs of trials and tribulations 'cos in the end it produces that great faith that I did not know I had!... AMEN
Also God never gives us a test that He knows we cannot ace.....He never tests us beyond that which we are able and with every test He has already made a way of escape, so that we do not fall or fail.That's why I respect people who face huge tribulations........The bigger the tribulations they face the deeper the faith God has in them......There are those of us whom God can't allow to face such heavy challenges...because He knows we'll crumble in a minute....
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