Some years ago, and not long after I had re-committed my life to Christ, I was invited to have dinner with a friend and a married couple—we’ll call them Derek and Deidre. My friend wanted me to meet this young couple because she was enamored with their strong faith in God. She had bragged on them many times before. “They’re the best Christian people I know,” she said.
I’ll admit, I was a bit hesitant at first. I wasn’t comfortable with the idea of meeting this couple, yet I wasn’t exactly sure why. As I drove to my friend’s house, I thought about what could be causing my apprehension, and before I arrived, a thought struck. It occurred that Derek and Deidre could perhaps be better Christians than I was.
This line of thinking was rooted in my girlfriend’s view of them (that she constantly told me how good these people were), which created a fear that I may not measure up to the standard of being a good Christian.
But as soon as that thought came to mind, I remembered that imperfection is something we all have in common—even Christians. So, I dismissed my concerns, pulled into the parking lot, and looked forward to a pleasant evening.
An hour later, I would regret being there.
Are you a Good Steward?
When we think of stewarding, money comes to mind, but there’s much more to it than that. This post explores the concept of stewardship from a different perspective.
“I met with John today.”
“How did it go?”
Kenny let out a deep breath like he’d been holding it in all day. His lips were dry, and the nervousness coated his voice. “Not as well as I had hoped.”
He had her attention now. “What does that mean?”
Sometimes, the evidence of God’s power is not always easy to see in the lives of those who choose to follow Him.
Many people who are struggling or in pain ask questions such as,
“Why do we suffer so much in life?”
“What does God want me to do when I’m suffering?”
“Does God care about my pain?"
If we’re going to suffer despite committing our lives to God, shouldn’t He bless us in return?
How much control do you have over the problems in your life? Does having a positive attitude really work? Will God help you and will He answer your prayers?
This is a four-step process that will help you overcome problems in life and stay strong emotionally and spiritually.
Our circumstances often dictate how happy we are. If work is going well, we’re happy. If our spouse is happy, we’re happy. If everyone in our family is healthy, we’re happy.
But it’s unlikely everything in life will be going well. Life is plagued by one problem after the next. Sometimes, we’re bombarded from all directions. It’s as if there’s an ambush waiting around every corner.
What happens when life turns against you? Do you get frustrated? Do you get anxious or depressed? Do you get angry with God?
Do you wonder if there’s anything you can do?
Well, there is. Here’s a 4-Step process that can help you stand strong in the face of adversity.