I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The older I get, the harder life gets, especially the last few months. Yeah harder, but also better. I don’t know who told me it should be easy. But it’s a myth. Life isn’t meant to be easy, but to be lived. Living can be dangerous to your heath! I look around and see ones with different degrees of difficulty. Many are self-made. Living awhile ,you learn its harder to try to do what’s right than go with the flow. Evil has the upper hand that way. Makes you wonder sometimes “Why do the wicked prosper?” (Jer. 12:1).
When the Israelites crossed the Jordan on their way to the land of Promise, they fought only two battles. Then after they arrived at Nirvana, they fought 39. And are still at it to this day! The numbers don’t lie.
The way of the cross is not paved with roses; but with grace. Perhaps that’s why Jesus wasn’t afraid of blending opposites — the mark of an educated person. He advised: “be gentle as doves but as wise as serpents”.
We need not be surprised when the way seems harder as life goes on. There’s more at stake. There’s a lot of stuff out there in this old world, that wants to see us defeated and ineffective.
The Apostle Paul saw this. “Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may stand…” We’ll be needing it to stand firm against the forces that desire to keep us from living free in these confined days.
Peanuts put it best of all. Charlie Brown’s walking in a park on a hot summer day. “Life is like an ice cream cone. You gotta learn how to lick it!” Cause if you don’t, it’ll lick you. Bottom line. According to my patron sinner, we all have just so much time, or little as the case may be. “So you better have some fun and have it now!”
Why be miserable, settling for less than “the abundant life” God wants for us? We can “yes-but” and “if-only” our entire lives. It still doesn’t change anything. The “Best of the breed” only got minimum protection, but maximum support from God. Why should we expect any more?
I see people wasting a lotta time, trying to control what cannot be controlled B the past, or future, others, power. All any of us can possibly do is manage ourselves. Why not give ourselves to that self-awareness and self-management? Isn’t that church at it’s best–to help us manage life well?
The way I see it we have several options. We can be under-achievers, sinners, settling for so much less in life. Or victims sinned-against. And revel in poor me, pity parties. Why not be an over comer and manage yourself? After all, we belong to Jesus. “To those who overcome, I will give a crown of life.” If we’re not over comers and we have Jesus, I guess the question becomes, what good is Jesus?