Wouldn’t you just know it?
You come up with a great idea and you excitedly post about it. You know it’s going to help so many.
And, of course, you know that because you’ve come up with such a great concept, you’ve got “it” licked.
Never feel too confident that you have conquered your Achilles heel, because when you do, especially if you’re a follower of Christ, you can be sure you’re going to be tested in this exact area. However, I wasn’t expecting it so soon.
A week hadn’t even passed and I found myself in a situation where my “guilt-free zone” bubble burst big time.
It was so unexpected, I was truly taken aback. I could feel my anger welling up inside. I didn’t act on my anger but let me tell you I came very, very close.
But I quickly envisioned myself encapsulated in my protective bubble and that really helped deflect my anger. I’ve you’ve ever been “attacked” by someone for something you’re not even remotely guilty of, then you get it.
So why am I sharing this?
Because we need to be careful when we’re feeling too confident about an area if our life where we struggle. The bible teaches that satan (There’s a reason I don’t capitalize the word “satan”. I believe it gives satan too much credit so I refuse to do it.) The bible teaches that satan is like a roaring lion seeking whom to devour. I do believe satan is a real entity but I also believe satan only has to use our own proclivities most of the time to really get at us. And as I told you last week, my proclivity is to feel guilty for no reason.
But the bible also teaches that what satan means as harm towards us, God can turn around for our good. I believe this is exactly what happened. The reason I believe this is because:
- I didn’t say or do anything I have to regret
- I recovered very, very quickly. (I’m writing this within hours of the above incident.)
- My evening was not ruined.
- My mood has not plummeted.
I am grateful for God’s intervention during that hour and for the hours following.
I wanted to share this with you because I want you to know I am a very ordinary Christian. Sometimes I worry that you who don’t know me at all might think that because of how I write and what I write about, that I no longer struggle like everyone else. That’s not true.
My struggles are just different; they should be because I’ve been a Christian pretty much my entire life. And because of my long history with Christ, I am also more accountable. To whom much is given, much is required.
- The longer we walk with God, the more insight we are given. (Assuming we are growing and learning.)
- But the more we learn, the more responsibility we are given. (Mmm, maybe that’s a good reason to quit learning. 🙂
I hope you find this helpful.
God bless and have a good day.