The one purpose that all Christians have is to believe!
As much as we may wish it wasn’t true and as hard as we try to avoid it, bad things are going to happen in our lives. To pretend it can’t happen just because you’re a Christian is foolish at best. We weren’t promised a stress free or problem free life.
Quite the opposite as a matter of fact!
John 16:33 (NKJV) says: In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”
Be of good cheer! Say What!
When you’re in the middle of hell, “being of good cheer” is probably the last thing on your mind, but it is the right thing for your mind. Why?
If we choose to make the best of our bad situations by holding on to our peace, I believe we are fulfilling our purpose as a Christian, to believe that Jesus has already delivered us and that God has a plan for us. We must choose to believe that if God doesn’t eliminate our problem that He’ll walk with us through the problem and in the process stretch our faith and refine our character.
Fulfilling our destinies requires that we overcome our challenges.
Recently my son John-Michael was admitted to the hospital in full respiratory failure brought on by pneumonia. He had to be put on a ventilator this time. This is the third time in four months he’s been admitted for the same thing. But you can read about his story at http://johnmichaelsjourney.com
With that many hospitalizations it would be easy to start doubting, even questioning God. But faith is a choice to have hope, not an emotion.
The fact is when we think our situation is bad, especially in a hospital, all we have to do is look around and we can easily find people who are in harder situations than ours.
While we were in the hospital with our son, three people had to deal with the deaths of their children. I met a lady from Dubai whose son was in for his second double lung transplant and he was rejecting the lungs. I also talked with a woman who’d accidentally run over her nephew and was dealing with the guilt of having done so.
I met a family whose son suddenly collapsed after playing basketball for several hours and they weren’t sure he’d survive. And, the other family that we were privileged to get to know whose daughter was diagnosed with cancer that had spread to her heart.
When you see what others are struggling with it puts it into perspective. Yes, pneumonia is a serious health problem but I will not complain about my situation because I choose to have faith that God knows how to deal with whatever I’m going through.
Instead I used my time there to get to know other people and to try to encourage them in any way I could. I offered to pray for some and offered a listening ear to others. Sometimes I felt helpful and others helpless. But to me this experience was the purest definition of God taking something meant for our harm and turning it into good for His purpose.
God has a plan for each of us but so does the enemy of God. Our bad situations don’t come from God but they are used by God for a higher purpose that we may never fully comprehend. As for me and my house we choose to believe that God wants and knows what’s best for us and His plan will always be better than our plan.
So the next time you find yourself in a tough situation, look around you to gain perspective and then follow your heart but not your mind.