Christianity, faith

Misperceptions

“Be anxious for nothing, 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 comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4: 6-7

One of the common misperceptions of Christians is that we live our lives with ‘rose colored glasses’ on. As if we don’t see or care about the many things that are happening, not just around the world, but around us as well. People seem to think that we are ignorant to the pain or the changes in the world. That is just not the case. At all!

Many of us have lived very different lives than we do now. Lives that we may not want to admit to, let alone discuss. The abundance of mistakes and bad choices. I know that’s the case for me anyway. I’m sad at the choices that I made. But make them I did. It is with the knowledge of all those things that I know that I am absolutely no better than anyone else, regardless if they are a Christian.

Sometimes though Christians are to blame for some of these misperceptions. We talk about God’s will being done in every situation. I’ve only just started to really learn to keep my mouth shut. Sometimes we just need to be there for those that are hurting. Let them vent, voice anger over their situation-whatever it may be. It’s not always easy not saying anything. I know for myself, I can input my opinion…way too often. And that opinion almost always has some type of faith base to it. I continue to pray that God will give me the words to speak to those around me and bind my tongue if what I would say would do harm instead of good.

But I have to say those misperceptions can get really annoying at times too. I feel like they give the perception that we don’t struggle. Well, I do. Often! I wouldn’t be as chunky as I am if I didn’t…I wouldn’t have one dog-let alone two. I struggle because I continue to try to live my life in my own way, in my own power. We aren’t meant to do that.

God wants to guide us and help us with whatever situation we find ourselves in. His Word tells us that He will not give us anything that we cannot handle with Him. We are meant to live our lives in concert with Him. It is with Him and through Him in those difficult times that we can find Hope.

Hope. We all need to find Hope at some point in our lives. We may find ourselves in a place that we have no one to share our worries and concerns with. We may have lost a job-been downsized, lost our health insurance and a loved one has become ill. We can begin to struggle in our faith…

It is during those difficult times that I turn to His Word. His Word that has over 8000 promises for the believer. That’s why I really appreciate the following scripture verse;

So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 

That Hope in our eternal life with Jesus in Heaven is one that I have been discussing with my mom. She is the sweetest little Irish lady but can feel down a little too often. I lovingly remind her that though we may struggle here we get to spend so much more time in the glory of God with those we love.

So, I’m working on that reminder for myself as well. I’m still waiting to hear about the job interview (it may be another week or two) but I remind myself that I have a job and that God knows better than I do. Now, I’m not saying I won’t be upset and disappointed if I don’t get it but I’ve already decided…I get a five minute pity party. And that’s it. Then I’ll thank God for doing what’s best for me. He ALWAYS does.

Have a beautiful weekend.

In His precious name.

Tara

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