Walking the Path Together

Walking through the brokenness of life is a tough experience we all share. There are temptations, unfulfilled desires, unjust circumstances, and trials around every corner. As followers of Jesus, these circumstances rightly become the subject of our prayers. But what is our mindset when we pray about these things? Often the response we choose is “God take this situation away” or “God make everything better” or “God make this person more what I need them to be.” This results in frustration or anger at God when things stay as they were. Yet, as part of being a follower, Jesus instructed that his disciples are to “deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.” (Matt. 16:24) There are burdens to our brokenness that we are going to have to carry as we follow Jesus. But, they will feel light because he promised to carry them with us. So what if this realization changed the mindset of our prayers? Instead of asking for everything negative thing and challenge to be wiped away, what if instead we asked Jesus “will you walk with me as I experience this?” Instead of trying to escape the pain, extending our hand and asking the One who overcame the world to be present with us in it. In this world, God’s goal for each of us may not be to make the pain go away or for us to achieve our potential. Even as you draw near to Christ, your marriage may still be “unfulfilling”. This is the cross you must take up. Regardless of how obedient you are, your church attendance still remains...

Gain Perspective. Live Well.

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