Suffering with Christ

“We suffer with Christ so that we might fully participate in his life of love. Not only do sacrifice and suffering take on greater significance when we suffer with Christ in communion with him, but the Bible and ethics also take on greater significance.”

As Christians (myself included) we often view suffering as a bad thing whether it be suffering from the loss of a loved one or just facing a hard time in general. Suffering should be something in this context where God is glorified through it all. Many times I find myself struggling and not praying as much as I should. I find myself sitting wondering why God is putting everything on my mind in this time where I should be focusing on school and just bettering my future. God works in mysterious ways and although we all know that and never know when something bad will happen like death or something we know that in all times God will strengthen us.

We always hear that God works for our good and in times of trouble that is hard for us to see. Lately I’ve been relating a lot of the conversations and things I end up in to the current family situation I am facing. I keep finding myself fighting tears which I know isn’t the best coping mechanism but tonight in one of my devotional books one of the first things I read was “My Princess warrior I will not waste your pain my beloved. I will use every tear you have cried to put a passion in your heart to do something great for my kingdom.”

They say the teacher is always quiet during the test and while that may be true at times with God lately I’ve found it to be false in that through mediums I would have never predicted God has reached out to comfort me and help me to comfort others.

Bringing out the best in me

The beginning of this year has definitely not been the easiest for me. Falling into depression almost, feeling burnt out and just needing to take time to focus on myself and God to bring me through everything I am feeling. Meditating on many verses lately but one of the main ones has been Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted,” as well as Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways submit to him and he will make your paths straight.” Too often we all overlook God’s goodness and his abilities as God just in being the everlasting God that he is always knowing what we need before we ask, renewing our strength daily and just being there to comfort us in times of trouble. Lately I’ve really been noticing how much more I just need to be 100% open with God and just let selected others in on what I am feeling because I can’t do all things on my own like Philippians 4:13 says “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” I guess what I’m really getting at is working on not trying to do everything based on my own understanding but focusing on God even when I feel it’s hard to.