Are you feeling depressed? Do feel like the weight of the world is on you? Does it seem as though everything that can go wrong is going wrong? Are you tired of the constant battle to get through each day? Are you looking for a way out of the chaos?
We face many different challenges each day. We must get the kids off to school, get ourselves ready for work, there are bills to pay, meals to be made, and those are just the everyday tasks. We often face other difficulties like a vehicle needing repair, a sick family member, or relationship problems. Then throw in the pandemic, social unrest, and political turmoil on top of that and we can quickly become overwhelmed.
We hear there is a greater number of people feeling depressed and we might consider throwing our name in that hat, as well. We may see people with the expression on their face as if they are simply trudging through life, and we may think “they look like I feel.”
We all understand there are challenges from time-to-time in our lives. We have faced them before and somehow gotten through them. Yet, at this current time, it seems there are more challenges across our country than we can find the strength to overcome.
We are not alone in feeling this way. Not only are most everyone we meet feeling the same, but the apostle Paul went through the same exact feelings. He wrote to the people of Corinth of his feelings and told them how he carried on. We can learn a lesson from him.
Paul leaned on his knowledge that Jesus was his Savior. He relied on the strength provided by God to continue. He realized that Jesus was being revealed through him to others who needed to know Him. Paul carried Jesus with him wherever he went.
We can persevere through these troubled times in much the same manner. We can carry Jesus with us each day. We can rely on God to provide the strength we need to get through each day. We have a wonderful opportunity to show Jesus to those we encounter, providing them with a ray of hope in a troubled world.
I pray we all choose to carry Jesus with us each day. I pray we rely on God to provide us with the strength we need. I pray each one of us will show Jesus to others, helping them to carry on through their challenges. Rely on God. Trust Him to provide. Be a ray of hope to others. Carry Jesus with you each day.
2 Corinthians 4:8-10 We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed. We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body.