I’m hit! I’m hit! I feel like crying out. Hit. Then hit some more. Like the poor little girl with glasses on the 2nd grade playground. The bully hits and hits and hits some more. Death in the family. Hit. Broken bone, complete with crutches and hospital bills. Hit. Friends letting you down. Hit. With each hit, you crumple a little bit more. A church member is insensitive. Hit. The flu. Hit. Thoughts you haven’t thought in years come bubbling up to the very forefront of your mind. “Who cares? Nobody’s here for me. Why would they be? Life sucks.” Man down.
The question, ultimately, is are you going to stay there? Are you going to let each of these affect your mood, day in and day out? Are you going to quit the race or stay in it, fighting for each step gained?
What are our options really? We began this crazy mission God placed us on! You know the one where we’re supposed to continue to show His love no matter what? Please don’t be offended that I call it crazy (some days it seems like the cuh-raziest thing in the world for me to smile, much less show God’s love to that less-than-friendly cashier!) but when’s the last time you thought about it?
God made us from nothing. He loved us even though we were nuts. THEN He sends His one and only son (WHO would DO that?) to die, for US, the nutballs who don’t know how to act right. Then He chooses us to work on His team to bring other nutballs to His side! If that’s not crazy, I don’t know what is. It makes me laugh and cry at the same time because I know, beloved people, that there are days when we wonder if it’s all gonna be worth it. The resounding answer to that is, “Whaaaaaaaaaaaat?!? Of COURSE it’s gonna be worth it!!!” To hang out and worship Jesus all the days of our lives and beyond! We will praise His name forever and ever and ever, AMEN! So God reminded me today (and I opted to remind you) that we keep on truckin’! Hunker down and cover your head with the Word of the Most High God if you have to, but keep on truckin’ through it! It is not all in vain. God does not lie and will NEVER let us down. Chin up, soldier! Our rewards are infinitely, greatly awesome and the battle is so very temporary.