I'm no fan of the person who is always spitting out bunnies and lilies. Life is good for many, great for some if they have God's perspective, but most work long hours for little money while not seeing their family enough and trying to figure out how to fit God and the church thing into their confusing calendar. Life is not all roses.
If you reading this it means you have a heart beat which means you have been sick, beaten up, hurt by people & some hurt from outsiders and others by close friends or family members.
Why? Life is crappy sometimes because the earth is not restored (Rev. 21-22) and people are fallen (Rom. 1-3).
Life is not a continual Disneyland experience (if you don't like Disneyland than fill in the blank with your nirvana...mine would be a day off with my family).
I'm sorry you have been hurt. I'm sorry you know what pain is. I'm sorry life isn't always rosy, BUT there is beauty in the pain & life is not void of joy & hope.
Life is about finding joy in what you have & holding onto the hope of the cross (1 Cor 15).
Since Jesus rose from the grave you can conquer the dead things in your life & those who have died (that knew Jesus as Savior) you will see them again in eternity.
Life may not always be roses but life can always be joyful and hopeful in the midst of the chaos.
Live life for the only true source of joy and hope. Don't get tricked by the temporal fillers of joy and hope. Pleasure, however you take it, will only work for a while but it will not fill you up. Give it all to Christ and nothing less.
Don't be that person who ignores the pain in life. Embrace the pain and point out the evil and the brokenness in this life & show the beauty in the cross.
Your next step....Fresh Start with God, Join an Online Small Group, and/or Start a Group in your Home by emailing Jayk@saddleback.com or comment below.
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