Struggling with Struggling – Part 1

I love Jesus. And, I’ve always wanted to honor, love, and obey Him in all I do. Considering this, it’s been a struggle for me when I’ve looked at my life and seen fear, anxiety, doubt, worry etc. The list of my struggles, fears, and failings sometimes stretched long. This is not what I wanted to see in my life. This is not what a strong Christian’s life should look like, I felt. What I saw in my life didn’t please me, and I was sure it didn’t please God – the One I wanted to please.

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It’s Not About Me

Jesus. The Beginning and the End. The Alpha and Omega. Holiness, Perfection, Beauty, Love, Purity, Truth, Strength, Compassion, Righteousness – Jesus. Life is so much more about Jesus and so much less about my own self. Life is so much better when Jesus – when The Beginning and the End, the Alpha and Omega, the Holy One, Perfect One, Beautiful One, Loving One, Pure One, True One, Strong One, Compassionate One, and Righteous One is at the center of my attention.

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Denying Self

“Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.” –John 13:17

Doing is hard. It can be painful, time-consuming, not pleasurable, and wearying. I want to be free from whatever struggle it is that I am currently facing, but I don’t always want to work hard for it. I don’t want to sacrifice for it. I want to just continue on with my normal life, be free of the struggles that are hindering me from living it, and move on. Isn’t that what God wants for my life? He doesn’t want me to struggle daily with burdens, to have to persevere in doing hard things.

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