Not only learning to let go, but learning to take things as they come.
Regrets weigh a person down. Over time, the guilt from one’s past can break you down and overwhelm.
But one must learn to let those things go. And when new problems arise, to handle them with all wisdom and gentleness and to let those go as well. Hold no grudges, have no regrets.
Be content with what you have and be content in all situations.
It’s hard. It’s the hardest thing to do, but once you realize that you could always be worse off, and once you realize that God is in control, then there is nothing to worry about. This is one of the reasons why prayer is so important. It helps us not worry and to have confidence in knowing that God will take care of us.
And once we are content and we have no regrets, and when we let everything go and hold on to God, then we can truly be joyful in all situations.
I like to write. It clears my mind and helps me say things I don’t know how to say vocally.
Sure socializing is good, but spending time alone is good too. Of course, as with a lot of things, too much of something can be bad. Like too much time alone is bad or too much working is bad.
But spending time alone is good for one can use this time a large number of ways.
One way you can choose to spend alone time is praying. Another way is learning about God. Also, spending time with God.
It seems that when we are alone, we have a lot of things we could do, such as read, write, play guitar, the list is endless. But how about when you find yourself alone, why not spend time with God? Build your relationship with Him. Instead of turning on a movie, playing a game, or even trying to find out when you’ll see your friend again.
Instead of turning to other things to keep your mind occupied, turn your eyes to God. Because believe it or not, He wants to talk to you, have a relationship with you. And we forget about Him. How do we expect our relationship to grow if we never spend time with Him? Should we be spending more time with other things or with God?
And yet, we must endure it.
As Paul said, “For your sake we are persecuted all day long. We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.”
Christianity is suffering. It is painful. It is a fight. It is not a fun vacation or a getaway.
You tell someone, anyone, this and they will wonder why anyone is a Christian.
Well, compared to what Christ did for us, and when we understand it, we realize that…He gave everything for us. The least we could do is do what He says. Once we understand, it’s like Jesus said: “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Things go good. And then things go bad. Life likes to fluctuate.
And when things go good, we’re happy people, full of hope and joy.
But when things go bad, we walk around with dark moods (or we get so good at hiding it that we appear happy).
When things go good, we haven’t a care in the world. We forget to give glory to God and we continue to live our lives in selfishness.
And when things get bad, we cry out to God and focus on Him once more, for it is He who is our provider. But we only look to Him in times of trouble.
It seems we only go to God out of selfishness.
The next time something good happens, why not try to give glory to God?
After all…He is the one who has given you everything…He can take it all away in the blink of an eye.
It is an easy thing to point out the flaws of others when we ourselves are trying to live holy lives.
Because we see ourselves trying so hard, but we see others faltering, and so we look down on them and we judge them and then we begin to think that we’re better than them.
This is not biblical. Not for a second should we judge. I would say we should help a friend or brother when he is struggling, but we should not be so quick to look down on others just because we are doing good.
The more one tries to be perfect and to do God’s will, the more one realizes how fallen and sinful we really are. As Paul said, “I am the worst of sinners.”
Christianity is actually quite simple.
Jesus made it clear…
Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength and with all your mind.
Love your neighbor as you love yourself.
These two things sum up the 10 commandments. These deal with your relationship with God (Vertical) and your relationship with others (Horizontal).
If we focus merely on these two things, we cannot go wrong.
Sometimes we as Christians make things so complicated and complex that we say to ourselves, “who can understand it?”
But I tell you, it is quite simple.
I think it’s good to have a testimony of oneself so that there can be a point to where one can look back and see all the way they have been so as to be an encouragement to press on.
So Part 1…
For those of you who don’t know me that well, I grew up in a Christian home, raised by two loving parents who always pointed me to Christ. My Mother raised me up to go to church while my Father focused more on getting me to read my Bible and memorizing Scriptures. I remember him challenging me to memorize a certain verse by the time he had gotten home from work. At the time, I might not have known it, but these verses would be carved into my mind even to this day, haha.
So I grew up loving Jesus. Though, I did not know who He truly was until about the age of 10 or 11. At that age, I realized that He was and is my everything and my Savior and my only hope. This made me take sin much more seriously and heavily than I previously had before. It made me understand exactly what sin was and how we do it everyday.
So I lived on knowing Jesus, but I did not fully devote myself to Him until I was 13. And this was at a retreat, of course. Many other did not take what the pastor said seriously, but all that resounded in me was grief and sorrow. I knew I had to fully devote myself and fully commit. And so I did. Or tried to, at least.
Made this one specifically for my relationship with God.
And hopefully it will be updated often.