I personally know many people who woke up this morning heavy burdened, tired and beat down from circumstances in their lives.
Working in a large church, I receive a weekly update of some our church family that is in the hospital or has received some sort of bad news that they are asking prayer for.
Not only medically, I know a handful of friends who are struggling to keep their finances and marriages together. Either newlyweds who feel they are in over their heads or longtime marriages who have children my age and cant seem to ‘love’ each other anymore.
Half of my friends are married, and half aren’t. Being 4 months into my own marriage I can attest with all my newlywed friends that life doesn’t get easier, it only compounds and calls you to be more responsible, which adds stress and pressure to the relationship. (For the record – I cant explain how awesome marriage is. I have been incredibly blessed. My wife is amazing.)
The other half that isn’t married is struggling with their singleness. ‘Whats wrong with me?’ they ask.
Job security seemingly doesn’t exist.. I cant number the amount of families who are downsizing due to being laid off or poor financial management.
Working in a student ministry, I know many teenagers struggling with their parents and working closely with a lot of adults, I know many parents struggling with their children.
I know 4 families who have had miscarriages in the past year.
2 of my classmates from high-school died this past year from heroin.
I’ve seen alcohol destroy families and marriages.
Businesses fail. Relationships fall apart.
There are multitudes of people struggling with their purpose in life.
You’re probably not surprised by this information because You probably have similar experiences. This is the world we live in…
…But take a deep breath. Are you still there?
Your heart beating, your mind thinking, your lungs filing with oxygen. It all means that you, my friend, have been granted the most precious gift of all…
When you were born into this world (no matter if it was 13 or 63 years ago), you were not promised another second. You did not receive a binding contract for a specified lifespan or certain quality of life. No one said to your mother “Here is your beautiful baby, he/she has 57 years”.
Although, when you were born into this world, there was a singular promise that was made by the one who formed you and designed every piece of your structure and personality.
God breathed life into you, wrapped His arms around you and promised that He would love you with an unconditional love that is stronger than any other love you could find.
You can run from Him, but you can never hide from His love.
No one can promise you health, wealth or happiness. But…
-Even in your turmoil or anger or sadness.
-Even amidst a fierce army of negativity and problems you may be facing.
-Even though nothing goes right.
-Even if you feel like you have nothing to live for.
-I can promise you one thing: There is hope.
You have a heavenly father who loves you. You are His child. And he won’t relent. He will pursue you, whether you like it or not. YOU ARE IMPORTANT.
Whether your marriage is failing, you lost your job, your health is getting worse or you just can’t seem to get it together, IT’S OK.
Keep pressing forward. Keep your head up. Give forgiveness to those who you have been holding a grudge. Ask forgiveness from those you have been avoiding. Love your family, your children, your friends. Find the hope that can only be found in Jesus.
One last thing. Taylor (my wife), has never seen me cry. Maybe I need to soften up, I don’t know. But I can count on my left hand how many times I’ve cried in the past 7 years. Three come to mind. A good friend of mine lost my trust, I let my dad down and had to deal with the disappointment and my uncle died a little over a year ago. I miss him every day.
A few nights ago, I listened to this song (link below) and was reminded of God’s love. It brought the same tears I had before, but this time, the sadness was replaced by joy. I was reminded that I am His son. I no longer will be a slave to fear, but instead can live in freedom.
Please, if you do anything today, read Ephesians 2 and listen to this song. If you know God, be reminded of His love. If you don’t, turn to Him – He will set you free.
I hope this letter encouraged you in some way. Keep pressing on!
Ephesians 2 – http://bit.ly/1vq9K9R
No Longer Slaves – http://bit.ly/1yB4n3p