So this is just out to all the people who feel they are alone in this world. I know how you feel… that has been me most of my life. Honestly, I just haven’t really fit in with many social groups and haven’t been able to keep many friends. I hadn’t shared it until I did in my testimony at camp but during my late jr high years and my early high school days I tried to take my life multiple times. I felt completely alone on this earth and just felt like nothing was going to change. A few times I got all the way prepared to commit suicide, started, then “chickened” out at the last second. The two other times I don’t know how I lived. God obviously still had plans for me and it wasn’t my time. I look these days at how much I’m blessed by God and I’m eternally grateful for his mercy. Whenever those pangs of loneliness start hitting home I just remember that God is always with me. He is the best friend I could ever ask for… for those out there who are alone, bullied, hurt etc. there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. It may hurt now but God knows what he’s doing and your life is just a small part of his beautiful plan that is the best for us. Trust that he will help you. One of my favorite sections of scripture, Psalm 139, makes a lot of points. Verses 13-16 say “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” God knows you inside and out… so trust him. He will make your life more wonderful then you ever could’ve imagined 😀
“Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody. If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. Do not take revenge my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.” Romans 12:17-19
So I had my first day of work as a camp counselor today and the topic for daily devotions today was that of dealing with hard to-deal-with co-workers. Obviously, the short message can apply to more than co-workers; it can apply to anyone else that you’re having a rough time with in life. As we all know our human nature is to take revenge or the conflict into our own hands instead of letting go of it to God. We think we can solve the problem but usually we end up making it worse haha! It’s so hard to let go of… if I had to look at my life there were plenty of times I was totally in the position of being wronged and totally in the right to take revenge into my own hands. Normally I didn’t just because getting revenge is not really in my nature but the few times that I did I held NOTHING back. For those who know me it takes A LOT to make me angry; therefore, I really don’t have problems. But when somebody does enough and crosses my “line” I just go nuts… I will hold nothing back and will do the utmost I can to make problems. That is one of my major flaws and I try to walk with God everyday to mold that part of my life more into his image 🙂
On the other hand, there have been a few times where I’ve been the problem. Like I said before, it’s just not in my personality but it still happens every once in awhile. There have been times where I won’t ask for forgiveness or I hold on to a grudge and I end up hurting somebody. Speaking of grudges; just don’t have them. It sucks… all it does is hurt people. People hold onto grudges simply to swell their pride and boost their personal security levels. So try to avoid that completely- life is simpler and more enjoyable that way 🙂 If you realize you’re wrong make amends and don’t hang on to what you know isn’t right. I’d rather admit that I’m wrong and be holding on a rope than hanging by a thread of the slim rope holding on to what was wrong. That was such a great metaphor… at least I think it was. Overall, if you’re wrong admit the problem, make amends and stop hurting the other person.
Can we all agree that there are so many… well I’ll be honest here… butt-heads in life? I think we can!!! There are people who just try to be a pain; yet, God says live at peace with everyone. No matter how a person acts you have to remember that they are created in God’s image and you have to treat them that way. Be peaceful, be truthful, and don’t hurt them back… Philippians 4:8, “ Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy- think about such things.” Whatever fits this verse is what you should be showing to other people 🙂
I honestly think that the rest of Romans 12 sums up everything we need to do. Romans 12:20-21 says, “On the contrary: ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.’ Do not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.” Do it 🙂
P.S. Thanks to all my normal readers for being patient… I hadn’t published anything for awhile simply because I thought for a large chunk of time God was telling me to quit the blog. After a week I realized that wasn’t the path he wanted me to take, which made me happy because I love writing this blog!, and I just needed a new fire. I was really burnt out writing and I just wasn’t quite doing the blog to the best of my abilities. Thankfully, God made my burnt-out work great and showed me that I needed to take a rest. Now that I’ve had a few weeks just to sit and think I have more of a plan to where the blog is going. God hasn’t shown me the whole picture but I’ve seen some of it and I’m really excited to share with you what he puts on my heart 😀 Hope everyone’s summer is going great and enjoy the great times you have… I know I have been! For those of us who are working… try to have enough fun in between work 😉 haha jk I know we’ll all have enough fun. Peace out 😀