The following blog is a product of my recent life experiences and personal story that I feel will help any and every one of us that can be truly honest about our lives. I apologize for the out of the ordinary lengthiness, but I felt that this needed to be said. I humbly ask all who read it to hang in there, and read without judgement to the very end. (I’ve even thrown in some pictures for those of you who have wandering minds lol) I believe you will be encouraged, challenged to be courageous, think freely and even learn something 🙂
Many of us have our own moral code or way of approaching situations. We may be nonchalant about it or opinionated, but there are thoughts, ideas in our minds where we see things in black and white, most often about almost every situation and person other than ourselves. We are still shackled by the curse that accompanies the burden of having to uphold the Law. We thrive on it, find our life’s meaning in it, and unfortunately, look to it to earn us brownie points with God, or as some would say karma. You sow what you reap…so you better not sow badly.
While a law is a law, and there is much truth behind that view point, it does not change us at our core, but simply serves as a reminder of how much we fail, and that others fail us.
But there is a more excellent way. A way that requires faith alone, for God to finish the work that He has started in us. Faith to believe that God’s love for us, continually transforms us to be like Our Lord Christ Jesus. Love. God’s love toward us. It assures us that it is not our measly efforts to keep His commands and to live morally that warrant our blessing, but rather, simple faith in the ransom paid for us by His Son that finishes the work. A faith that knows that nothing in this life, no hardship and difficulties, not even death can separate us from the Love of God. And that it is okay to struggle and try and figure things out, knowing that God’s hold on us is a lot stronger than our grip to hold on for dear life, is ever going to be.
I feel that often enough, we don’t talk about the hard times. Facebook and many other social media are so focused on celebrating the successes – which are amazing, who doesn’t enjoy them? Or the optimistic lifestyle – which again is great, but leaves everyone, and I say EVERYONE feeling like there’s something wrong with them on days that are not quite our best. Pardon the negativity/french in the above image to, but I believe it proves a good point! (Side note: not endorsing you to facebook your problems instead of facing them either – just saying)
But the Truth is that things often get worse before they get better. It may take one many attempts before things finally fall into place. Things get messier before they get put in order. And all our efforts to pretend that we have it all together in the end, is a big FAT lie. For Rome, was not built in a day. Neither was the light bulb created in one attempt. And most millionaires have hit bankruptcy several times, before they achieved their widely celebrated status that they have today.
As Christians, or I should say, Followers of Christ, we are not promised a rosy road with no challenges. If Our Lord had gone through them, be sure, we will too. But He does promise to be with us through it and see us through. Maybe even change us a bit more into His image, if we allow Him to, through the process. And we are not to fear the ‘process’ like it’s some kind of curse word, implying that we are not enjoying God’s blessings, or that there’s something wrong with us. Nor are we to fear what the enemy of our soul can bring into our lives to harm us. For in the end, we are our Father’s children. And the Love that God lavishes on us will always supersede any plan that the enemy has to destroy us and turn into good.
There will be times, as tough as it is, a good parent has to step back and let our little ones face a difficultly. Not for us to get a joy out of it, but in order that they may grow stronger and learn from it. We can expect no less from a Heavenly Father who is more interested in our character being built, than our comfort being accommodated.
But there is a more excellent way: We shall be known by our love for God and for one another. In the end, those are the greatest commandments. It is His Spirit that helps us live up to God standards by His great grace…not our wasted human efforts, as sincere as they may be. Perhaps that is why so many in around have looked to those who follow Jesus with disdain for ages…I have to be honest and say that I myself along with many others have at times felt the exact the same way about our so-called family of God. And perhaps others have looked at me and felt the same. We are all imperfect broken people. All hypocrites in some area or another, whether we acknowledge it or not. Pretending that we have it together in our lives, when a deeper look would plainly reveal that we do not. And what’s worse, we’re fully aware of it.
Today, after having my eyes opened to the beauty of God’s Forgiveness and Grace, I am ashamed to think that any of my efforts to earn God’s favor were worth what He freely gives me. What He freely gives you. Jesus paid a price not for us to pretend that we’ve arrived or to put on a show. He is interested in owning us through and through. He wants to ensure that we’re the real deal. Inside and out. 100% genuine.
There is no cost to it, but to surrender your heart to Him. Trust Him to know that He knows what is best for your life, and allow Him to be the Great Creator, creating in you all that you were meant to be. For like Michael Angelo, He is able to see beyond the one to the beauty of who you are truly meant to be. A masterpiece all around. Isn’t the reality that we need help because we don’t have it all together? And deep inside, we know that we never really will? It is liberating to let go. To stop pretending, to stop fighting.
We need a Saviour, a Hero. Isn’t that why so many TV shows with superheroes and comics exist? Somewhere deep inside we recognize this need. We need a Savior to not only save us from the evil we have coming because of our own actions, and the evil out in the world, but most of all, we need to be saved from evil within ourselves – our own selfish ways.
I am here to say that if you were hurt by another person, especially a Christian, to please not judge Our Lord and allow it to ruin your faith and trust in Him or your opportunity to know Jesus Christ personally. I apologize on behalf of us all for often doing a poor job to represent His Love, Forgiveness, Grace and Mercy. And the reason for that is just that. We have been doing a poor job… instead of allowing Him to grow us into a place where He does an extravagant job through us.
Let us be patient and loving toward one another, understanding that we are all on a journey, and a ‘process’ towards Love Himself.
Our religious attitude (applies to all of us) at times is evidence of our human frailty – mixed with good intentions to keep His commands or those of our own code, can sometimes have us forgetting how much we’ve been forgiven for and cause us to come down hard on those around us. But if we endure the process, allow each other room to grow, nurture and encourage each other, we will soon discover that as long as we remain in relationship with Christ, He will ensure that we most assuredly will bear fruit. That we will indeed mature into a people who can not only say that we love God with our words, but demonstrate that love toward others effortlessly.
It is time to choose the more excellent way. Love. The world around us awaits it. Are you ready?
Blog submitted by LA member: Dona Constantino