Sometimes life isn't easy.
Even when you're a Christian.
No, let me rephrase that - especially when you're a Christian.
There's nothing I have found in the Bible that promises me an easy and care-free life just because I've accepted Jesus and made Him Lord of my life. In fact, my Bible has the nerve to tell me that it rains on the just and the unjust alike!
The most obvious example I can think of is Job. The Bible says he was blameless and upright and shunned evil, in fact, he was the greatest man among all his people, both in wealth and character. And we all know what happened to poor Job - he lost everything he owned, his family was killed, his friends spoke badly about him...yet he remained faithful to God throughout his sufferings. But he was more than restored in the end - he had twice the blessings, and not only were his children in Heaven, he was given 10 more and lived to see four generations of his family. He held on.
Or David - he was annointed King and then spent eight years on the run from Saul who was trying to have him murdered. David could have taken his men and killed Saul at any time, but he was faithful to God waited until Saul died before he took his rightful position as King. Eight years. He held on.
John was exiled on the isle of Patmos after watching most of his friends die from execution. History tells us that several attempts were made on his own life - he was persecuted, boiled in hot oil (or water - depending on what commentary you read) and finally exiled to Patmos. It was at Patmos when he was at his loneliest when God gave him the book of Revelation. He held on.
My point is that even though you are doing what God wants you to do and you're hurting, don't quit. God is revealing His character to us line by line, precept upon precept. The only way you can know the quality of something is if it's tested and proven itself. It's hard, but don't quit. Hold on.
Everywhere I look these days, I see families hurting, barely able to make it from one paycheck to the next.
Families whose budgets are stretched so thin that the only place left to cut is in their food expenditures, where frugality is no longer a choice, but a necessity.
Families losing their homes to foreclosure, because they had the wrong kind of mortgage or because the main income earner lost their job.
I see mothers with higher stress levels than ever before, having to make hard choices between paying their light bill or buying groceries for their family.
These same mothers are doing their best to hold it all together, to be everything for everyone at all times, because as women, we feel we are the glue that holds the family together.
To these women I say this:
This earthly life is like the pains of a woman's labor - push through it. Some day, we'll look back and remember the labor and not the pains.
When you think about giving up, remember you're about to birth something that only God can get the glory for.
Count to ten.
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