The mark of a truly great child of God is not that they never have any problems in this life, but lies in their response to the inevitable problems that come up daily. Those who hold themselves up as living, breathing examples of perfection are in reality auditioning for "Last Comic Standing". Perfection is in the Lord and we will never see it until He returns.
Occasionally I enjoy watching the absolutely worthless television show "Wipeout". There is nothing spiritual about the show and in a way it is kind of weird to laugh at others misfortune. But, it can be very funny at times to watch very arrogant people get smacked by objects that throw them into the water (or mud) without mercy.
The one redeeming factor in the show is that the one who wins the $50,000 each episode is not necessarily the strongest, youngest or biggest one competing. The one who usually wins does it with sheer determination and the ability to bounce back after getting knocked down, over and over again.
I truly do admire those people who somehow manage to not let circumstances and events in life keep them down. Those who manage, with God's help, to pull themselves up from horrible situations are the people who understand what faith is all about. Those people who run for the closet every time there is a noise outside have no clue what faith really is.
There are many things in life that are neither fair nor just. There are going to be times when life kicks you in the rear end and sends you flying to the nearest mud hole. Part of what defines whether someone is just playing games with Christ or is really serious is how they respond to adversity.
Some would get mad and go after who did it with vengeance in their eyes. Some would sit in the mud and cry and complain about it being unfair. Some would just roll over and drown due to the humiliation. Some would pick themselves up, go get cleaned up and try it again. It is those who refuse to react and who will not quit that earn my deepest respect.
When life humbles you, instead of reacting with anger or getting depressed; try looking at the situation as another in God's endless teaching sessions which allow us to grow up and become stronger. To ever learn patience we must be willing to endure and not quit when the pressure is on. No matter how hard it is to hang in there, the promises of God will pull us through if we trust Him.
When things go wrong, as they sometimes will,
When the road you're trudging seems all uphill,
When the funds are low and the debts are high,
And you want to smile, but you have to sigh,
When care is pressing you down a bit,
Rest, if you must, but don't you quit.
Life is ***** with its twists and turns,
As every one of us sometimes learns,
And many a failure turns about,
When he might have won had he stuck it out;
Don't give up though the pace seems slow--
You may succeed with another blow.
Often the goal is nearer than,
It seems to a faint and faltering man,
Often the struggler has given up,
When he might have captured the victor's cup,
And he learned too late when the night slipped down,
How close he was to the golden crown.
Success is failure turned inside out--
The silver tint of the clouds of doubt,
And you never can tell how close you are,
It may be near when it seems so far,
So stick to the fight when you're hardest hit--
It's when things seem worst that you must not quit.
Never give up! The Message paraphrases Hebrews 12:1-3 like this: [quote]Do you see what this means--all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we'd better get on with it. Strip down, start running--and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we're in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed--that exhilarating finish in and with God--he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he's there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through.
That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! [/quote]
When the road gets dark and rough, I love to read the stories of the "pioneers who blazed the way", not just those in the Bible but even contemporary stories of brothers and sisters in Christ who have endured persecution or suffered other hardships in this world. They stand as testimonies to me that God is bigger, far bigger, than anything I can ever possibly endure in this world!
I have gotten smacked hard more than a few times and always set my sights toward Jesus! Never give up and never lose sight of that great reward -our Saviour forever! Nice post, Brother Kirk and thanks for the poem as well! God Bless you and keep on a preachin'! Dave
Brother Kirk, never never give up !!:wink: I must always remember that when I do feel discouraged, so beaten up and so bogged down by events and things of the world. Surely God will not let us be tested or tempted or even tried beyond the limit of our strength. He will grant us a way out. Thank God .
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