Greetings to you family & friends, in today’s article I’d like to share with you a couple of thoughts that occasionally frequent my mind, but rather than present them to you directly I’d like to introduce these thoughts to you through a game called “Have You Ever.” This game is simple and very easy for you to play, there aren’t any complicated rules or penalties assessed for doing things the wrong way. All this game requires is utilizing your creative mind by imagining with me what it feels like to think and behave like a Christian during difficult times.
So let the game begin by imagining yourself amid the first and following dilemma. Have you ever struggled to understand why a spouse, child, loved one or friend, can’t seem to see things as you do or complete a task as you have repeatedly asked them to? Maybe you even lost your cool with them and shouted as you screamed their name? The intensity and sudden escalation of attitudes and negative energy in the room mirrors that of a barn fire being stoked and fanned to flame. The cutting and critical words that flow from your tongue towards loved ones are hurtful and unwise and should put you to shame. But rather than own them, repent, or ask for forgiveness you double down and add insult to injury by proclaiming they are to blame. Thought number two, have you ever in your Christian walk availed yourself to a friend or Church member as a good Christian should? Later discovered your words, expressions and intentions were sorely misunderstood. You soon come to find out you’ve now become the core subject of ridicule, gossip, and blame. You secretly think to yourself is this what I deserve for calling on, trusting, and believing in Jesus’ name?
As we daily discover what it truly means to be a follower of Christ, we should anticipate having to be accountable and repent for our missteps in life. What is also just as important to remember as relevant and true is the fact that Satan will attempt to disrupt, disturb, and ridicule you for the good you choose to do. But hey, don’t get so full of yourself to think you’re above and beyond being self-righteous or unable to be called Mr. or Mrs. goody-two-shoes for the stand that you take. If the world did it to Jesus, best believe the enemy will attempt to label you as being disingenuous and fake. But we must remain steadfast and true to the kingdom we serve, knowing full well Satan has already been defeated and has no claim to our redemption in Christ! Because we seek Kingdom outcomes by making Him first in our life! So, rest assured our faith and convictions are much more than a mere game. As Christians we choose to grow in spiritual wisdom by not being so quick to offend. As well as developing thick skin and not being so easily offended by other brothers and sister in Christ! There’s incredible joy living through difficult times in this Christian life. James 1:2; Matt 6: 33