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Taking Its Toll


I’ve been observing a lot of life events taking their toll on my friends and family members, and even myself lately. 
Sudden deaths, difficult goodbyes to those departing (not yet for eternity, but for places that seem an eternal distance away), scary medical diagnoses, job transitions, and more can really bring a person down.
Well wishes and hugs honestly only do so much for a person who has one, several, or maybe all of these hit them at once.
Many of those who follow Jesus begin to wonder where He is. Those who don’t follow Jesus may think that the luck of the universe is against them. Both may wonder if this life is even worth it in the end. 
Life has a lot of aspects that really do suck the hope out of any human being, no matter their beliefs. 
Some preachers say that if your life is hard and you aren’t financially blessed, you’re doing something wrong. They may blame your lack of faith in prayer, your lack of frequency in prayer, or a host of other possibilities.
Here’s the thing, though. God never promised an easy life for us on this earth, but He did promise to be with us every step of the way, through every kind of trial we face. God is faithful to His faithful, and He is faithful to the faithless. 
He won’t give us more than we can handle through His strength. As the saying goes,

“He Who brought you to it

Will see you through it.”

Find rest, weary soul. The burden is heavy, but Jesus carries our burdens with us, and His heart breaks with ours.

Writing Prompt #64

“Are there any lines that you simply will not cross?”

When it comes to my marriage, I am very protective of our relationship, and of both my heart and my husband’s heart. I am very careful not to get very chatty with any male friends without my husband present, whether in person or online. I also keep him involved in knowing about any conversations I have had briefly with a person of the male gender, just so everything is out in the open. I don’t cross the line of confiding about my marriage or any personal matters with male friends. Protecting my heart and my marriage honors God and honor my husband and keeps my life free of unnecessary drama.

Change of Plans

It’s not usually easy when we have our plans changed suddenly by circumstances that are outside of our control. In fact, it can really mess with our emotions, and sometimes even our amount of faith. We wonder why our life, which was once so well-ordered, is falling apart, why everything is beyond our control and not at all going the way we hoped or imagined it would. For those of use who are careful planners and maybe even border on being OCD in certain situations, a wrench thrown into our plans can completely destroy our good mood, and cause us to blame ourselves in some way.

We have to realize that things beyond our control that mess up our plans are just that: things beyond our control. That means it’s time to take a deep breath and stop blaming ourselves. Stress can really have negative effects on our health as well as our emotional well-being, so the more we can limit stressing out about the situation, the better off we will be.

As a Christian, it is important that I remind myself that God is in control over all things – even the things that I cannot control, including powerful weather events and the actions of other people. Many times, as we look back at our lives, we’ll see that past changes of plans ended up being much better for us than our original plans for ourselves. We can see, in hindsight, that God knows what’s best for us, even when we can’t see the bigger picture.

Unfortunately, we often forget the previous faithfulness of God as we deal with current difficulties. When life is overwhelming, we must look back to remind ourselves of all that God has done for us in the past, so we can strengthen our faith in the present.

  

Righteous Before God

“And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly  in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord.” (Luke 1:6)

How amazing would it be if God said this about you and me! How amazing would it be if this was what other people said when they saw us living our lives! After all, as we say in the catechism, “the chief end of man is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever.” Our main goal in life should be to live in a way that brings glory and honor to God.

In our desire to be righteous before God, we are not to harbor pride in our hearts because of how we keep God’s law. We must remember that it is the righteousness of Christ that makes us righteous – without Him we are nothing. 

Jesus didn’t come for people who already think they have it all together on their own, but for those who admit their need for a Savior. “While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with Him and His disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, ‘Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?’ On hearing this, Jesus said, ‘It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this means: –I desire mercy, not sacrifice.– For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.’ ” (Matthew 9:10-13) 

We must not look around at others and have a condescending attitude, making ourselves feel more righteous because we don’t sin in the same way as someone else. “The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank You that I am not like the other men — swindlers, evil doers, adulterers — or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God. For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” (Luke 18:11-14)

When we come before God Almighty, Who sent His one and only Son to die as a sacrifice for our sins, we must bow before Him with an attitude of humility, grateful to Him for His work in our lives, not boasting and trusting in ourselves to earn any favor from God. Let us be found faithful in our righteousness that comes from the faithful righteousness of Jesus our Savior.