Where are you, really? Are you putting on a good face? How often do we walk in the doors of our church and are greeted with the question, "how are you?" And, how often do we smile and LIE about where we really are? Why do we do this? Why do we feel we need to put on a show?
My personal opinion: it’s because we are afraid of what others will think of us if they only knew the truth. The truth about what I am thinking, how annoyed I am with people, the yelling that just happened in my car 2 minutes prior, the doubts and insecurities and, most of all, the FEAR that has crept into the inner depths of my heart.
Yes, I understand coming out with all of this to everyone who asks how you are is obviously a little much for some people to handle. But, why do we feel the need to hide these struggles from those we hold closest? Our spouses, best friends, prayer warriors, leaders, pastors, etc...
The struggle is real!
I have discovered lately that I "can’t handle the truth.” Yes, I know the movie A Few Good Men just popped in your head. But, it’s true. I can’t handle the truth about where I am right now in my walk. I can’t handle how truly terrible, fearful, insecure, quick to frustration and awful I am.
But I know HE can. Jesus knows right where I am. HE knows my innermost struggles and fears. And, HE CAN handle anything I throw at him. Praise GOD!
Jesus knows right where I am. HE knows my innermost struggles and fears. And, HE CAN handle anything I throw at him.
My heart is sealed in HIM. I am saved by grace through faith, not by my own works. So, when my mind goes to "I’m not good enough. What if I can’t do this? Do I really believe? What if it all goes away?" I can stop, take those thoughts captive and remember I can surrender it all to Him. I don’t have to carry these burdens, I can lay them on Him and know that He has them and He has already won the war and overcome the world!
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
I can’t say that I do this all perfectly or that I even know how to at times. But, I am thankful for the grace-giving, endless love of a Heavenly Father who knew I would need Him.
Raise the white flag!
Surrender every aspect of your life, even the corners of your mind you didn’t realize where there.
And, then, be FOUND in Jesus alone!
Surrender every aspect of your life.
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