Hebrews 10:32-39 (The Message) Remember those early days after you first saw the light? Those were the hard times! Kicked around in public, targets of every kind of abuse—some days it was you, other days your friends. If some friends went to prison, you stuck by them. If some enemies broke in and seized your goods, you let them go with a smile, knowing they couldn’t touch your real treasure. Nothing they did bothered you, nothing set you back. So don’t throw it all away now. You were sure of yourselves then. It’s still a sure thing! But you need to stick it out, staying with God’s plan so you’ll be there for the promised completion.
It won’t be long now, he’s on the way;
he’ll show up most any minute.
But anyone who is right with me thrives on loyal trust;
if he cuts and runs, I won’t be very happy.
But we’re not quitters who lose out. Oh, no! We’ll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way.
I can remember when I first gave my life to Christ. Before I was the life of the party (well.. I guess I still am.. just different) :-) And I remember my "friends" laughing at me.. taunting me.. mocking me.. and WAITING for me to slip up and fall and come back to my old way of life.
Oh.. I've slipped up.. A LOT!!! BUT.. I'll never go back. I've tasted something better.. I have a new hope.. a new freedom. There are countless times I can grow impatient and struggle. There are times I've wanted to throw in the towel, however, His love, His gift to me (and you) has given me the strength to wait. Other versions say "Patient Endurance".
I couldn't imagine throwing it all away.. yet.. there are days I do just that.. days I lose focus, days of struggle.. But there is always a voice of hope, always a voice of rescue and if we listen to that voice more than the voice of the crowd, more than the voice of your past, more than the voice of self and trust Him.. everything changes.
I have so many stories I could share and if you ever want to grab a coffee one day, I'd love to.. but until then.. I want to encourage you not to give up. We're not quitters who lose out. Oh no!!! We'll stay with it and survive, trusting all the way!!!
I think this week's picture I chose was quite funny, but very true.. sometimes we feel trapped in a shell of uncertainty, but if we just hold on and trust, there is a day coming that the shell will no longer hold us.
Break out you soldier of patient endurance! Oh... and remember... #GodsGotThis