Overcome life’s hardships with the goodness of the Lord

How do you view the world, your life, and, most importantly, God? 

I went through a period in my life where I constantly put myself down. During this time, I saw everything as bad and in a negative light. I called myself worthless and focused more on the shame of being a sinner than I did on the beautiful gift of salvation. As long as I was focusing on my shame of sinning, then the guilt of what Jesus endured for me was heartbreaking. Therefore, I focused more on shame rather than joy. 

Now, I choose to focus on the joy. Yes, Jesus suffered for me. And knowing that makes me feel so loved by Him. It was the love of God that covered all of our sins. He doesn’t want us to dwell on the sin. He was us to focus on His great love for us and to tell of the hope inside of us. 

We need to strive to radiate God’s love every single day. God doesn’t want us to walk around with our heads down complaining about the evil in the world. He wants us to speak about our faith and how God helps us through our every struggle. Our conversations need to be so filled with God’s goodness that other people feel a sense of hope just by talking to us. 

So often we make ourselves miserable by what we choose to believe. As long as we walk around feeling defeated then we will be defeated. The battle is in our minds. Our God is mighty. He has never been defeated by the enemy. That is what we need to focus on. 

Right now I have troubles in my life. Each trial seems overwhelming to me. I have decisions to make and I don’t know what to do. Therefore, I have two options. I can worry myself sick about my hardships or I can pray about them and turn them over to God. He knows exactly what I need to do. He knows the solution to my every problem. And it is His good pleasure to help us. I try to carry burdens that were never meant for me to carry. They need to be surrendered to my Lord. 

I want to live from a place of gratitude. I want to be so focused on the goodness of my Lord that His goodness is all I can see. Last night, as I went to bed the negative thoughts started running through my mind. I could feel my body tensing up. Then, I shifted my thoughts. I drifted off to sleep thinking about the goodness of my Lord. Every day I want to live well, love deeply, and focus on what truly matters. 

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