Another #tbt (throwback Thursday) post.
I wrote this post a year ago (on my old blog). I thought it would be a good idea to share it again. Faith topics are very dear to me. It’s my own personal journal shared with the world. Blessings.
While this thought crossed my mind this week, I couldn’t help but wonder why would such a thing cross my mind. After all, I don’t have a horrible life, I am alive (by God’s grace), healthy, have a place I can call home, a job and a great support system. So why, when things don’t go the way I predicated or expected, it seems like all the good things went on pause and the negativity in my life seem to be the only things moving forward?
After sincere mediation and reflection I found my issue: EXPECTATIONS. My expectations are what make it seem like things are crumbling around me when things don’t turn out the way I expected.
I reached out to my teacher (my husband) and expressed my thoughts on how and why I have certain expectations and how I can deal with it better. “Having expectations in life isn’t a bad thing,” he said. “The only issue is that we shouldn’t place our hope in our expectations but instead in Christ. Our expectations will often fail us but Christ will never fail us.”
He advised me to read Roman 5:1-8 (which turned out to be be a refreshing reminder of some very specific things)
What stood out the most for me was verse 3-5: “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”
Being born again and choosing to follow Christ is something we oftentimes feel we have to “go through” especially suffering and/or difficulty hits, but while going through it we must keep our focus on Christ and His teachings. The more we persevere with Christ in our sufferings, the more He will give us the strength to endure while gradually helping us to better understand.
“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” -I Thessalonians 5:18.
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained
access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope
does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though
perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us”