The other day I was talking to a friend of mine who just became a Christian. I asked her how everything was going, and she laughed. She said, “I thought life would be easier since becoming a Christian. I thought I would have all the answers and make all the right choices. It seems like I’m still facing the same challenges and making the same mistakes. I guess I was expecting a more monumental transition.”
I laughed with her and told her that although the challenges never go away, with time and knowledge in the Christian faith, the approach to these challenges changes and becomes more deliberate and purposeful.
Even though you’re a Christian, this “pressure-cooker,” we call life keeps on ticking. For some people, like my friend, this comes as a bit of a shock. They think that because they’ve chosen God’s way, the path is clear of all obstacles and roadblocks. Fortunately (note that word) it is not the case. Becoming a Christian simply gives you the tools to cope and overcome, not avoid challenges. It gives you a text (The Bible) to grow and learn from your mistakes and failures. And instead of experiencing hopelessness or doubt, you’re able to look at the challenge from a different angle and discover ways to overcome it. I don’t doubt that you’re facing a whole host of difficulties in your life, but with God’s wisdom and guidance, you can survive and even thrive during them.
You and your challenges are always in my prayers, and just so you know my prayers are not that you will never experience difficulties, but that you will become a better person because of the challenges you’ve faced.
BLESSED IS THE ONE WHO PERSEVERES UNDER TRIAL BECAUSE, HAVING STOOD THE TEST, THAT PERSON WILL RECEIVE THE CROWN OF LIFE THAT THE LORD HAS PROMISED TO THOSE WHO LOVE HIM.