Today I am Grateful

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7 NLT

Hello!! I know right now you’re probably feeling pretty defeated, or even miserable. I totally understand that. However, the unique thing about this situation is that we’re all going through it.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that although it may feel like the worst situation ever, God never puts us through something we cannot handle. And absolutely everything happens for a reason.

In times like these, I think it’s really important to put things in perspective and really think about how worse off you could be. High school graduations, school musicals, etc…these things are events we’ve looked forward to for a while. As much as we wish that we could experience them without the threat of COVID-19 cancelling them, we have to remember that we could not be alive to experience them at all.

This is why in this sad time where people are dying left and right we need to be disciples of God, and spread His love and His word to comfort others. In doing this we can also bring people to Him so that they can learn more about Him in the event there’s a catastrophe.

As Christians we should be incredibly conscious of how much we spread the word and God’s love. Is it not enough? It feels good that it will never be too much!

But sometimes it feels so scary to talk to people about Christ. Sometimes you may feel that you’re not prepared. But, if we stay in His word and presence, He will prepare us with all we need to show His love.

When I went to the Lead The Cause retreat with a couple other CY Students last summer, we learned an easy acronym to help us evangelize and talk to people about God.

It was spelled out like this:

God created us to be with Him.

Our sins separate us from God.

Sins cannot be removed by good deeds.

Paying the price for sin, Jesus died and rose again.

Everyone who trusts in Him alone has eternal life.

Life with Jesus starts now and lasts forever!

This group of sentences became really important in my life, and took away some of my fear of talking to people because I knew I had something to initially talk about and that God had me from there. Talking to people about God is so important because this is what we were called upon to do (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15).

In times like these it’s easy to feel lonely. It’s easy to feel like there’s no hope and you have no one to talk to. But it’s important to know that we are not alone, and He’s always there. All we have to do is call out His name! For me, the best comfort that can be given is someone’s genuine words to calm me down. This makes me think of how fortunate we are to have passages of comfort that tell us all God wants us to do. So, if nothing else helps ease the stress and anxiety of this time, follow what the Lord has said and pray to Him. 🙂

“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you”

                                      -Jeremiah 29:12

One Comment on “Today I am Grateful”

  1. Amen! Thank you for this beautiful reminder. May we continue to find comfort in the Lord during this time .

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