Have you ever been so frustrated that you were tempted to give up? My software was malfunctioning last night and this morning I thought that I might have to start the website all over again. Then I found a blog that I wrote on another site in the fall of 2008. It was right on time, because I needed a bit of hope. So I’ve copied it onto this website. May it encourage you as well. This is what I wrote to you back then:
“Since this was supposed to be my first blog, I wanted it to be spectacular. I wanted the design to be eye-catching and riveting. I know this blog has no design, but after two months of trying in vain to create a blog you would like, I decided that talking to you was much more important than the format I was using. At the rate I was going, I figured that I might not have the blog up and running for 5 more months, and I just couldn’t allow that to happen.
What’s so urgent? I wanted to tell you about hope. I know it’s such a small word, but it keeps my future bright. It nurtures my dreams. Hope fill my days with ‘maybe’s’ and eventually even ‘yes it can, yes I can, and ‘yes they can.’ For example, I’ve been hoping for a long time that I would have an opportunity to encourage you. I know we’ve never met, but you’ve been on my mind. I even took a class on website design. As you can tell, though, we didn’t have a session on blogging (smiles). Yet here I am, excited about being able to finally write to you!
I wanted to tell you that even when you go through difficult circumstances, and there certainly will be many of those, don’t give up. Every since I discovered that there really is a God and how specific and detailed He is, and that He loves you and me, well, I have had hope.
This is a good thing, because there have been many moments when I’ve had to choose to focus on His Word and not my circumstances in order to make it through. Yet, in every situation, He has not let me down. He has not left me alone. In fact, I’ve walked through some fiery times in my life, and every time, He walked through the fire with me.
I realize that horrible situations happen to us, and we can’t run away from the tough challenges of life. I know we have to deal with the painful memories and thoughts, but we must resist meditating on them. Whenever I have thought constantly about painful or unpleasant thoughts and situations, those painful or unpleasant emotions kept my wounds open and prevented them from healing. Before I knew it, if I wasn’t careful, I found myself accepting a substandard quality of life.
Back in the day, my goal was simply to make it through the day. I mean, it was easy to get into the habit of just going through the motions, but not really enjoying the life that Jesus Christ died that you and I might have. Then, once I was alone, negative thoughts crept in, filling my heart with sadness, worry, and frustration.
I could have pulled out the salsa and dip, and hired a few more violinists to back up the band for my pity party. I am so glad that I had God’s Word to give me hope and send the violinists packing. I’d like to share with you next time the rest of my first blog and what God has taught me about what used to be my ‘favorite’ past time; worrying. Until then, may you have a day filled with hope as you keep your eyes on Christ and His Word.
Today’s questions – When was the last time that you had a serious pity party? What would have been a better use of your time?
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