"If there is no struggle, then there is no progress." -Frederick Douglas
Do you ever wonder if God hears your prayers? I certainly do. In fact, There are moments where I feel like I am trying to please a God that will never satisfied. There are times, where I feel like God is asking too much. There are instances where I think God has abandoned me and and wants my heart to break under all of the stress. If your like me then I'm willing to bet that there are a great deal of silly lies that you've believed.
Here's the thing: The problem with all of those silly notions is that they conceal the truth. When the demands of everyday life weigh down up you; you may be tempted to ignore God's presence-or worse yet, you'll fall for the lie that no one can save you now. And that belief my friends, is why We wear a mask. Sure, people will laugh with you, you might gain some popularity, and to others you might seem happy but on the inside, you feel empty.
The tragedy with a mask is that when you put it on, it is the mask that receives love; not you. When you wear a mask you hide from your problems and in doing so, you also run from your solution. Have you ever felt like God has a funny way of timing? He will bring you through the toughest of trials in what seems like the worst of situations. Sure, the bad days may seem unbearable, however, I think you would be lying to yourself if you said that God doesn't care and He isn't interested in your life. I don't know what your going through, but I do know from experience that wearing a mask is exhausting and feeling insignificant-for lack of a better term; sucks. So quit wearing it!
Ever thought about God unleashing hours of His brutal wrath that was reserved for You and me on His son? Jesus carried a heavy cross beam, Not to mention the frequent lashings and threats, scorns, and mocking insults He received along the way. Now ask yourself, If God is willing to put His own Son (His own flesh and blood) on the cross for our sake, then imagine the other great lengths He would go for us! Maybe the trials we face aren't meant to break us and are actually a way that God refines our faith.
My encouragement to you is to encounter the trials of today with optimism and discover the many blessings in store for those who endure.
About the Author: My name is Mac. I am a college student at Biola University and am burning with fire for my man Jesus. I've noticed that many parts of our culture prone our faith be lukewarm. It is my prayer that I help others see the joy in living unashamed and committed to our savior. Feel free to comment on my blog or email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!