It is easy to get discouraged.
I met with two friends this week, both guys married and in the midst of careers. We each go through our days and nights with family and, in our own way, we have struggles. They can be rough jobs, stressful kids, not enough money or the weight of the future.
We break it down and encourage each other and there are moments when we need to understand the essence of faith.
Paul tells us:
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
Our walk is a choice.
In the age where faith becomes a derogatory term and a political coin, we must break it down. Do we follow the one who is alive? Do we know that, after this life, is something greater?
Do we live with the power of the resurrection inside (Romans 8:11)?
That changes our life:
~God works through every conversation.
~Adversity is overcome to reveal glory.
~Struggle transforms us through refining power.
~Hope is constant.
~Prayer is war.
~Our calling puts a dent in the universe and changes eternity.
~Dreams are radar. Visions become our compass.
~Worship never ends.
I’m praying for this is my life and the life of our family. How does that list make you feel? Nervous? Excited? Scared? Remember, he is alive and this life is available for everyone willing to follow the path and change the world.