For the last few weeks, when things seem to be tougher than I’d like them to be, or I find myself in situations I think are unfair, a sobering thought grabs my attention and reminds me that things are not as bad as they can be.
Thoughts come up like when I was driving, I imagined being in an accident and thought about the amount of pain from an impact, and the experience many people have had from such a trauma. Another crazy one was thinking of those who have been caught in a fire and suffer from burns that do not simmer down, and must live on medication to tolerate life. When I miss my family, I think about those who have lost close friends or family, or are even in the midst of waiting for God to come take someone home to Paradise.
It humbles me greatly, and it moves my heart to think of those I know of that are going through things that are much more difficult than anything I’m experiencing personally. My heart is broken for you. If I know about you, you are on my heart and I’m asking God to give you the strength to see the best in everything your going through.
Being a pastor has allowed me to be exposed to the hurting, to the lost, the broken and suffering. Those who are reaping the result on a sinful community, I am glad there is hope for us all. Though humanity has fallen, and creation has been cursed and abused, Jesus has declared a restoration that will free us all one day from the heartbreaking tragedy’s that exist in our history, present, and future.
When my heart breaks to far beyond repair, I’m reminded that we are on our way to paradise. The generation when Christ shall reign and shall remove evil and sin from our presence and we shall be led by the most wise, compassionate, powerful, and loving leader.
I’m convicted to embrace the fortunes God has given me in my life, to be content in all things the day brings, and spend more of the energy I tend to waste on being heavy hearted on caring for others that are really going through tough days.
I pray that we can have sober judgement when we evaluate our lives. I mean really, it’s not as bad as it can be.
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