Are we sure we understand the concept of "big things for Christ"?Read More
"God will never give you more that you can handle." I've heard it a thousand times, but it's a lie from hell. It's a false hope against trouble in your life. Jesus promised there'd be trouble, but He said to take heart because He has overcome the world. There's a passage of Scripture that says that God chooses the weak things of this world to show His strength and upset the wisdom of those who think they're wise.
It's really funny. Isn't that what He did with Christ? He chose a weak form to show His strength in living sinless, paying the punishment for sin, and overcoming the grave. It was by becoming weakness Himself that He carried out the greatest miracle to this day.
But no miracle is possible unless He gives us more than we can handle. We have no reason to trust anyone else unless we're allowed to see that, no, we don't "got this." God doesn't tempt us, but He does give us opportunities to build our faith in Him. That can only be achieved by extraordinary circumstances and an extraordinary God.
Our culture hates negative talk with good reason. The world has no need for bullying. But has this thought process gone so far that we are unable to accept and deal with the reality of the darkness?
Ask any scientist. If something doesn't make sense, either your formula is wrong, or you executed it wrong. In the scientific, analytic, performance based world we've always had, it is important to know the difference between right and wrong. Remember how people thought that the sun revolved around the earth? They were wrong, and when someone figured that out, it revolutionized (no pun intended) the scientific world, did it not? Finally, we had explanations for how and why things work the way that they do. Without the understanding the fundamental truths of our world, how can we function in it?
Is it better to preserve our all-important feelings, or to embrace the harsh truth of wrongness in order to find something more reliable? No, this philosophy that "what is true for you is true for you, and what is true for me is true for me," simply is not true. Though one's experiences cannot be undone, not a single person's perceptions takes into account every factor, and the whim of no man can undo the nature of the creation. It is arrogant to think that, just as it is arrogant to think that our own ways of thinking are flawless when only the Creator of the universe could possibly shine light on the questions we ask in darkness.
We throw the word "love" around frequently these days... but would you die for the last thing you said you love?
Do we alienate people because we hate them or because we hate ourselves?
Is it better to be surrounded by oblivious, apathetic souls, or to be alone?
At the end of the day, can you live with pushing everyone away for the sake of staying safe inside, free of criticism, free of failing others, free from the hurt of missing those absent?
...or is failure found in the alienation of everything and everyone we ever deemed important?
No. Failure means that there is no hope to change.
Is it worth the effort to believe and hope that genuine albeit imperfect love exists between two human beings? Is fulfilling our calling in Jesus' name a greater gain than the connections we lose in defying those who deny the dreams we've been given? Is victory over our own soul's shadows worth the struggle?
Yes. Undeniably, yes. It is worth it.
I once asked someone if they thought I could make it as a musician. They told me they believed God could do big things with me. At the time, I thought they were just avoiding the question because they knew that I already knew that to be true. "I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength," said Paul the apostle. See, I was saying, "I know God can do big things with me, but can I make it?" But my career success was never really the point of my life, was it?
I was asking an impossible question, and the wrong one, at that. Sure, I have some tricks up my sleeve, but who put them there, and what are they really worth if Jesus isn't directing them? They're just tricks, sleight of hand to get applause. A sentence doesn't have room for both our potential and God's. We will always rely on one or the other, and one will always run dry while the other will not.
I may be broken... ...but I am not a failure.