It was war and a threat to my life, eternal separation from God. It is no easy task to admit. But it is the truth. A destructive sin eating away at my chance of entering through the narrow door. I allowed the wolf to enter without a fight. I was asleep to something greater than defeat. Greater than pain. Greater than all the things easily grabbing my attention. Hurtful reactions from the people I loved most. People attacking my character and accusing me, all of which were lies.
The greatest threat to entering through the narrow door to salvation for me was success. My childhood was easy. My parents loved me and were encouraging. I excelled at athletics and was voted homecoming king and student body president. It was not difficult moments threatening my trust in Jesus. Rejection for standing up against the mob. A speech impediment or catastrophic near-death experiences and injuries. It was unequivocally successful moments distracting me from my savior....
Choice is the backbone of life. Choice gives us power over our circumstances. Choice takes you from despair to joy, from anger to forgiveness, from fear to faith, and on and on and on. It is the fuel powering the life you want most. Fulfillment, purpose, satisfaction, peace, calm, self-control, kindness, love, patience, goodness, and gentleness. We all want these things in our life, what is keeping us from them? Choice.
Today we learn about choosing joy when life is disappointing or hurtful. Welcome
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