Are you a Christian who has hard days – days when you’re pacing the house in tears, wondering how much longer you can carry on, what you have to contribute, and thinking everyone would be better-off without you? If you know what I’m talking about, here are some of the things I remind myself on those days:
1. This earth isn’t all there is. Others may get the nice holidays or the dreams come true, and maybe one day you’ll have those things too, but your faithfulness will reap a better reward.
2. Don’t be bitter – because sometimes on the days when God’s refining our characters, we need to face the rubbish in ourselves. My pastor said just last Sunday: “If you only live for the present, your trials will make you bitter – not better.”
3. The Holy Spirit lives in you – yes, even though you might be wondering what kind of a Christian you really are. If you truly call Jesus your Lord/the Master of your life, you can only do that through the Holy Spirit. “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion” (Philippians 1:6).
4. You make a difference, and you’re supposed to be here glorifying God. I think of Enoch in the book of Genesis. “Enoch walked with God, and then he disappeared because God took him away” (Genesis 5:24). If God didn’t want us here, surely He would have taken us away. Our lives are His to take away (not ours), so while God has a plan for us on this earth, let’s live it.
This week’s Coffee for Your Heart prompt has been encouraging words for a hard day. How would you encourage someone through a difficult time?
Appropriately, Holley Gerth (instigator of Coffee for Your Heart) has released a new book today. It’s called “You’re Going to be Okay: Encouraging Truth Your Heart Needs to Hear, Especially on the Hard Days”. Why not treat yourself or a friend to a copy?