Love yourself. You are worth it. Love others. They are worth it. Love God. He is worth it.
If we are 100% honest with ourselves, I think we who are followers of Jesus can identify with this statement:
I was once a sinner who became a saint. I am now a saint, who still sins. That's why I need grace.
Grace can appear to be sloppy because it accepts both saint and sinner equally.
5 Reasons why consistent church attendance is important:
1. You Matter.
2. Community Interaction.
3. Opportunities to Serve others.
4. Consistent Teaching.
5. God's Presence.
I remember last winter and thinking about how cold it was and hoping that the season would eventually shift to spring time. However, if you remember – it seemed like winter lingered a couple of months too long.
I was absolutely miserable over the seasons lack of ability to change with some type of normalcy.
This past week (October 2), the coolness began to arrive early. Of course, this is just the early onset of our beautiful fall weather. It felt very nice and the seasonal change was definitely welcomed. The bummer about this for me? Impending winter.
Seasonal Affect Disorder (SAD) is something that I have found to be very real in my life. I get very depressed during the winter months and have to work very hard to keep from sinking deep. It's just part of the cycle.
But isn't this the same thing with life? It seems that our winters – or the coldest seasons of life – are often prolonged. Sometimes it feels that things just won't change. We feel that a new season of life is nothing more than a hopeful encounter. We worry that our emotional, relational, and spiritual cycle just won't turn the corner. It often seem stuck in winter.
But here's the truth: Seasons do change and so will your circumstance.
Did you know that the hardest, loneliest, coldest, most depressed season of your life often produces the greatest fruit in your life? It is so true.
For me, I am learning to embrace the worst season - as badly as I do not want to - so that I can whole-heartendly celebrate and savor the best season.
So today, I just wanted to remind you when you ask the question "why doesn't things change?" They will. Just abide in Him as best as you know how. Remain close to Him as He is the One who cause new seasons to emerge.
When God doesn't take us out of the season, he walks us through a season. He is with us and in us for all of life's winters.