Our loving God the Father tries to protect us from various hurts in this world, but if we disobey him or ignore his will for us, as rebellious children, well then, the suffering we often experience is brought on by our own stubborn refusal to grant him our free and loving obedience.
We could choose to focus on the pain of rejection, but I choose to rejoice because I have been found worthy to be rejected for love of Jesus Christ. This was not the first time I was rejected because of my faith and it will not be the last.
We were simply talking and it suddenly came out of my mouth without thinking. I expressed my hope in God and my trust in His divine providence and love. I thank God for such a beautiful gift. But that got me to thinking: what does it really mean to hope in God?
For those of you who are having a hard time getting in the Christmas Spirit or finding joy in your daily life, I understand. I tenaciously pursue God’s joy but have been like a treasure hunter searching for treasure in North America while using a map of Asia. Suffice to say, it’s not working out for me.
You weren’t made to be comfortable on a couch eating chocolate. You were made to be the hands and feet of Christ extending his love to all. You were made to take risks for the love of God. Sound scary? Maybe so, but you were made for greatness.