Anytime I would be sitting in small group or at a table with a friend at coffee and they would express how they were trying to rest more and explain to me the importance of honoring the sabbath, I would about have a full on panic attack.
Sanctification is not linear, we will sin and we will fall. A constant war rages inside each of us daily, to choose ourselves or to choose Jesus. The Holy Spirit is our guide to overcoming and defeating sin and destructive behaviors. The more we give to God, the more He reveals to us and in turn the greater impact we will have on the kingdom.
You can’t just wake up one day and decide to run a marathon if you have never run before. You can’t lose weight and build muscle by sitting around. You don’t go to a foreign country and speak their language without learning it. The list could go on and on forever but the point was everything we do, every day, we have to work toward, why would our walk with the Lord be any different?
It is time our society stops stigmatizing depression and suicide, and instead makes a call to action. Our loved ones need us, they need our help and support. Suicide should never be an option because they should never feel alone.
Cultivating a habit of discipline is necessary for achieving goals and seeing all that God has for us. Discipline is not like legalism that makes life small, but it’s a habit that makes life big. Discipline is the mark of true maturity.
When we experience difficult times, whether it is due to money, depression, addiction, health or any other difficult situation we face in the world, we tend to either turn toward God’s word or away from it.
I see that she was tired of things being the way they had always been, that she was terrified of what the future held, and that she chose to believe that a different life was possible, that she could get out of these less than ideal circumstances. And as a result, I see that her obedience paid off, not only for her and her family in the moment, but for generation after generation, all the way to you and me.
There are seasons and life paths and decisions and goals and preferences, all unique and specific for everyone. None are more or less important than the other, no one is falling behind because they haven’t checked off all the boxes. And every season can be enjoyed and teach you valuable lessons.