Tuesday, February 16, 2016

The Fine Line Between Sainthood and Giving Up

The challenges in our lives define who we are.

Will we shrink away when life gets difficult, or will we stand firm, with tears in our eyes, and face the darkness no matter how terrified we are? 

It may seem a tragic joke of our human condition, but it has become clear to me that the struggles in our lives have the greatest potential to make us saints.

In the face of my most difficult challenge, however, I have learned there is a fine line between sainthood and giving up. 

When you are faced with a situation that leads you to ask that ever so common question, "How could God do this to us?" you are presented with two options:

The first is to trust God, hand everything over to Him, and keep on keeping on. The second, is to walk away; so angered that He would allow such horrible things to happen you can no longer even believe He cares about you.

The former is what leads to Sainthood, the later to despair.

When we stare situations in the face that force us to choose, we are being presented with an opportunity to say yes.

We are being asked to say yes to continuing to believe in God, to believe in His love for us, and that He has a plan for us, even when our life has gone to ruin.

Otherwise, we say no, and are left with desolation, despair, and a tugging feeling that there may be no point in going on.

This challenge cannot be won with brute strength, however. It cannot be trained for and conquered like some kind of physical competition.

Instead, we say yes by recognizing we can't go on; we can't do it alone.

When we are at the end of our rope, we are at the beginning of God's.

In our weakness, we have strength.

Rather than giving up on God, we should give up on ourselves, and allow Him to take it all on for us.

He did it at Calvary, and He's able to do it again right now.

If only we'll let Him.

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