We, as Christians, have an enemy. He is real. He is the devil, and his goal is to destroy us. How do I know this? The Bible tells me plainly in 1 Peter 5:8, “ Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He is not content to leave us alone. If we think that we can live on yesterday’s success, we will be sorely disappointed. I find myself in a constant battle with the thoughts and temptations in the world around me. I am often discouraged, sad, angry, and any variety of emotion in between. This is mostly done as a way to make me impotent in my job as a Christian woman. If he can get me distracted by feeling sorry for myself, I will be ineffective at the job that Christ has called me to do. If he can make me angry at injustice in my life, I will be focused on how to fix it instead of letting go and giving my trouble to God.
God can handle my problems. He can give me strength when mine is gone. He alone can fill the hole in my heart left by the people who have hurt me. He wants me to put my focus only on Him because He knows that when I do that, I will be happier. I will be fulfilled. I will be effective. And that’s ultimately what I desire the most, to be an effective life for my Lord. I want to be available to be used by Him to accomplish His purposes. I want to be the best wife, mother, daughter, and friend that I can possibly be. I want to have my life mean something.
This song by Switchfoot says it well. I particularly like the line that says, “I’m living for more than just a funeral.”
Be encouraged and keep pressing on. I love you all.