It’s All About Him
The Lord is my Light and my Salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1 KJV
What is your default system when life comes crashing down? What systems are in place that will act as weight bearing walls, so that life cannot crush you?
Early in this series I suggested that when we are on an unfamiliar pathway, we need guides further along in life’s journey who share their experiences as a means of helping us avoid unnecessary potholes. I’m grateful for those ahead of me in their own grief journeys that willingly went back into their own sorrow in order to reach out their hand to help me.
Anna is someone God used to remind me that He is sovereign and I can trust Him. Her example encouraged me to choose life when I was tempted to give up. Her love for her God and her passion for serving His people, modeled for me the fact that helping others really is a means of helping myself. I wish I could personally thank Anna for choosing a sacrificial life, a life that encourages me to see old age as a platform for continuing to offer the help and hope of Jesus that I have experienced.
Brokenness can create a climate of fear, or it can teach us that we have nothing to fear when Jesus holds us tightly in His grip. Who has taught you by their own lives that when the Lord is your strength, you have nothing to fear? Have you thanked that person? Take time today to send a text, an email, a real hand written note, or make a phone call to thank that person for helping turn your heart toward Jesus. How are you passing on that treasure of encouragement to someone coming behind you in life’s journey?
STORE UP MORE TREASURES
At some point in our lives, we or someone we know will go through great suffering. I encourage you to go the MARKINC website and listen to the interview "Thinking About Suicide? Teens, Just Hold On!" so that you can store up treasures of encouragement for the next rainy day in your life or someone else's. Here is a summary and teaser of this resource:
Suicide was on teen Denise Haas’ mind a lot, so much so that she tried several times to take her life. Her parents’ divorce shattered her world and finding purpose in life was very difficult. In this compelling conversation, Denise transparently shares her story in an attempt to grab the hands of teens who are struggling with similar darkness and compel them to “just hold on!”