I was just talking with a dear friend on the phone, sharing prayer needs in our lives. It is easy to become burdened with all the ‘stuff’ that is happening in this world today…but when a friend is hurting, it is even more close to home. We will never understand why certain tests are allowed in this life, not this side of heaven. So many things happen that I do not understand, and I can become very frustrated with them. Examples of this:
Why are so many children abused, neglected and just thrown away in this world today? Don’t people understand that they are a gift from God?
Why do some people seem to just be knocked down time after time? One kind of testing, or affliction is hitting them continually, never seeming to give a break. Cancer, financial problems, relationships with others.
Why are people so angry and full of hate? Trying to attack anywhere and anyway they can? Don’t they understand that they are loved with an unconditional love…with mercy and grace bestowed upon them?
My list could go on and on with all that I want answers for…but the bottom line is that we do not live in a perfect world and we are not perfect people. Where people are, sin abounds, and it affects us all on some level. If concentrated on, this could be a very depressing way of looking at life.
When the phone conversation was finished, this song, sung by Joey Feek, was on FaceBook. Many of you know that she passed away on Friday, of cancer. The words are difficult to listen to, knowing that she is gone, but I personally think she lived her life, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
This made me think about my own life. Have I lived my life is such a way, that I have accomplished the tasks that I was given? Have I been a good testimony, have I raised my children as unto the Lord, have I been a good steward of what I have? When I was younger, I always thought I had plenty of time to work on all those listed items. Now that I am older, I don’t have so much time anymore…and that’s a bit scary.
So, instead of concentrating on all that’s bad, reliving all the wrongs done, I want to accomplish the life God would have me to live. That means I need to abide in Him, continually and always. No, all the wrongs in this world today will not go away or magically become better. But my prayer life will become deeper, my actions will be more of a testimony…and that has the ability to change my little small corner. What are you doing with the time you have been given?