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November 7, 2018, 11:48 AM

You're Not Alone

Social media is a lot of things. It's been good for me to promote church activities and to keep in contact with friends and family who live far from me. One of the problems with social media is that we get an unrealistic view of the lives of other people. People have learned how to put their best life out there for people to see. They've learned how to take selfies at the perfect angle to make themselves look better than they really do. We only post pictures and things that make our lives look perfect. We post about vacations that others could only dream about going on. So we look at others' lives and wonder what's wrong with my life? 

The truth is that no one looks as good as some pictures show them looking. No one's house is always perfectly situated. No one's children are perfectly behaved. You struggle and you are not alone. 

I struggle with discouragement a lot. I don't want the whole world to know all the time, because I do not want to bring others down with my negative thoughts. But I have negative thoughts. I struggle with feeling like I'm not making a difference. I struggle with thinking that I should be more successful than I am. I struggle with feeling that I'm inadequate to do my job and to be the kind of husband and dad I want to be. I struggle sometimes with not wanting to get out of my bed and facing the things I have to do that day. 

I would suppose that there are many of you who know how I feel. You are not alone in your struggles. You are not weird and your are not faith-less if you feel this way. When you read your Bible you will find that some of the great heroes of the Bible struggled with discouragement. Moses, Elijah, David, Jeremiah, Peter, and even Jesus. Jesus never sinned but he struggled to finish the mission his Father had sent him on earth to do. It was daunting and it was discouraging. 

What keeps me going is that I know I have hope. My God promises me that he is looking out for my good. He promises me that all things will work out for good. He promises me that if I don't give up that I will reap a harvest for my hard work. He promises me that he will never leave or forsake me. 

I am not alone. You are not alone. Your life is not as perfect as what you'd like others to think it is. It's ok...their's isn't either. We are all a mess in desperate need of the mercy and grace of God. 

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