Sometimes when I think about my problems compared to what other people deal with, and with what Jesus endured on the cross, my issues seem small, petty, and insignificant. My life has been really great...I have it SO GOOD...but sometimes it’s hard to appreciate God’s blessings for me. I feel as though I’m not allowed to be sad or feel negative feelings because other people have much bigger problems in their life.
I take my life for granted. I make mistakes. I’m not perfect. I feel guilty, like I need to justify why my problems are—or aren’t—necessary for God’s intervention. I feel like I should be able to fix my problems on my own...I constantly want more, and keep striving for the next phase of my life.
I can’t live in the present. I’m constantly thinking, “When *insert life achievement here* happens, then I’ll finally be happy...“ but I need to remind myself that true peace and happiness only comes from Him. The same God that helped Jesus tolerate all of that pain on the cross is the same God that helps me with my problems. And for that I am eternally grateful and thankful.
Jesus endured that pain for me so that God could take all of my pain, ungrateful thoughts and actions, heartache, doubts, problems—no matter how big or small—and put them on the cross. When Jesus said, “It is finished,” he meant it.
He took the blame and DIED for all of MY SINS, MY MISTAKES, because he LOVES ME THAT MUCH. I’m his child. He wants me to be able to enter the kingdom of God.
It astounds and astonishes me...My problems are never insignificant to God because He loves and cares for me. Your problems are never insignificant to God because He loves and cares for you. We can overcome any problem or obstacle with His help, so it will no longer be troublesome. We’re covered by the blood of Jesus. We can repent and better ourselves through His confidence in us.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, LORD.
Maria Murray is currently an undergraduate college student majoring in psychology and minoring in dance and biblical studies. She enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog, anything to do with music, dance, or theatre, reading a good book, and writing/journaling. She plans to become a licensed counselor/therapist with her psychology degree, and she desires to be a lifelong learner and a disciple of Christ, shining His light in the world.
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