Each night I come to this blog and write from my heart. It’s personal, it’s real-time and real-life.
That being said, some days are easier than others. Some days I have the motivation and passion to sit down and do this thing that makes me come alive.
Other days I fight discouragement and the loneliness of being a writer. Ever thought writing was easy? Give it a try. This is hard stuff.
If we could sit down tonight over a cup of tea or coffee, these are the words I would share in being honest with you about my life right now.
Yesterday was one of those days where discouragement and a tough real-life situation got the best of me. I decided it was probably best to keep the laptop screen shut. My heart was in a bad place and I didn’t feel worthy of sharing words from such a place of hurt.
As I went to bed early, I couldn’t fight the feeling to go downstairs and get the laptop out anyways. My fingers were drawn to the keys. My thoughts were spinning and my heart was stirred. And so, through the tears, I wrote anyways. >you can read last night’s post here if you missed it – I didn’t send out the normal alerts<
Early this morning, a friend shared a post with me and the words could not have been more timely. I’ve thought about it over and over all day today.
You may not be a Pastor. You may not even be in ministry. Still, this post can apply if you deal with PEOPLE. I think we all deal with people – our families, our co-workers, our friendships, etc.
If you deal with people and you need encouragement in the midst of feeling discouraged, this post is for you.
I have no idea who wrote this, so I can’t give credit. Oh, how I’d love to thank them for these words tonight.
People are going to be people, period.
I love how this version puts it –
Colossians 3:23-25 Living Bible (TLB)
23 Work hard and cheerfully at all you do, just as though you were working for the Lord and not merely for your masters, 24 remembering that it is the Lord Christ who is going to pay you, giving you your full portion of all he owns. He is the one you are really working for. 25 And if you don’t do your best for him, he will pay you in a way that you won’t like—for he has no special favorites who can get away with shirking.
We can continue to live in the path God has set before us and ask Him to teach us His ways in all situations – the good and the bad. We can keep our eyes on Him and not those around us – those who will ultimately disappoint and let us down.
I’ve learned how exhausting it can be to meet the expectations of others. I’ll never be able to measure up. And the reality is that others won’t always live up to my expectations either. Instead of focusing my efforts on my ability or theirs, I’m shifting to the One who will never ever let me down. Jesus.
Yes and amen to the amen.
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