“You can live with pain easier than you can live with purposelessness.” (Beth Moore)
I think about how true this has been in my own life. When I am focused on how God is going to use my pain, I am less likely to fall into self-pity over it. It gives me a sense of purpose. How might I help someone else? What work does God have for me to do?
“What do people really get for all their hard work? I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:9 NLT
When I make my work about me, I get anxious, worried. I wonder if I am enough. But when I remember there is an eternal perspective to it, I can hand it over to God. I can trust that he’ll help me in my weakness. Than I know that I can’t take the credit, but give him the glory for the gifts he’s given me.
“I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 1:12-14 NLT
My 10 year old son was was telling me that he prayed on the pitcher’s mound during his championship baseball game. He was feeling the pressure of the bases being loaded and everyone depending on him. In that moment, he realized that he didn’t have the strength on his own. This mom’s heart swelled with this life lesson. My son knew who to turn to. I imagine Jesus cheering him on for his faith. Maybe that’s how Paul felt about Timothy.
“Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based in the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.” 1 Timothy 1:18-19 NLT
Thank you Father for your faithfulness. Help me to run to you. I give you the glory. Amen.