Monday, June 27, 2011

Check Your Image

by Aleta Kay

    There seems to be an epidemic of depression these days. The economy is in the garbage heap; jobs are hard to find, prices of almost everything are going up; and the family stress is at an all-time high.
    As everything around you seems to get harder, do you find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering who you are? Do you wonder if you are even worthy to function as a human being? Are you comparing yourself and/or your situation with someone else’s and feel that you just don’t measure up?
    I understand. I’ve been there before and it is just about the worst place to be in your spirit. There is no rock to crawl under, no hole to crawl into to hide until things get better. The fact is if we allow ourselves to pull into our proverbial shells and hide things will never get better. Tough times require action.
    The best action we can take is to put everything in God’s hands. I Peter 5:6, 7 says, "Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him, for he careth for you." If you read on through verse ten you will see that Satan’s plan is to bring and keep you down. However, if you approach God in prayer, ask forgiveness for your doubting, worrying, and lack of faith, He will take care of you and all your problems. Philippians 4:9 says, "but my God shall provide all of your needs (not wants) according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus."
    Accept God’s evaluation of yourself. He created you on purpose, with a plan for your life. All you have to do is follow. I’m not saying your life will be perfect. If we never have a problem we’ll never be able to experience his greatness for ourselves. He died on a cross for your sins and mine, willingly, so we could have fellowship with him once we have received his forgiveness for our sins. You’ve already tried handling everything on your own and you’re miserable. What have you got to lose by trusting God? If he lets you down (he won’t) you’ve lost nothing. You’re still in the same miserable shape. What are you waiting for?

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