There are no accidents, only sovereign purpose.
If you’ll never see your own results, would you keep at it? Do you think you have a choice? There isn’t enough sweat in you to do what you’re being used to do. Take a nap and wake up, you’re still there. Gather the crowd, stack your electrolytes and sprint until it hurts, you’re still there. Does it feel pointless? Is that defeat? Find that feeling and chase it to the source: pride. You should make your own t-shirt because you’re not getting any special treatment for your effort.
Whatever your circumstance has destroyed needs to hurry up and be buried.
Come on, I’m wearing my best black. My Barbie posed feet are aching and my flowers are drooping. Let’s get on with it. The dead can’t hear that painfully long goodbye speech.
So don’t you see that we don’t owe this old do-it-yourself life one red cent. There’s nothing in it for us, nothing at all. The best thing to do is give it a decent burial and get on with your new life. God’s Spirit beckons. There are things to do and places to go! -Romans 8:12
Are you in a place where your religion is tuckering out? Is your god not talking back? Not carrying you like you think he should?
God is not conventional and He doesn’t navigate within your common sense. He has purposes and plans that we have never considered. But, religion tends to over step the line when they try to box up a pretty ‘god’ for people to worship.
They carry it around in holy parades, then take it home and put it on a shelf. And there it sits, day in and day out, a dependable god, always right where you put it. Say anything you want to it, it never talks back. -Isaiah 46:6-7
Stop focusing on yourself.
It’s not about what you could do or want to do. It’s not even about what you’ve done. If you’re in the trench, it’s because you need to know what it is to be in the trench. If you’re eating slop with pigs, it’s because you need to know what it is to eat slop with pigs. Everything you are going through, have gone through and will go through is not just for you, it’s for the rest of us, too. How can you help someone navigate a path you’ve never walked? You’re not here to be a doll on a shelf, in a pew. You’re here to learn and then teach what you’ve learned. Life is not perfect. People will fall in the same traps you’ve fallen in to and when you come out, turn and help those who are were you were.
Where you are now is absolutely crucial to your purpose. You haven’t messed up God’s plan for your life, you’re living it. God has not made a mistake in allowing your sin or your suffering. Suffering destroys the ‘self’ in you. Thank God. You go through the hell so that you can become something that God can pour out for others.
Grapes have to be mashed in order to be poured out wine.
Hang in there, this matters. Keep notes, others will need them.
You always know the man who has been through the fires of sorrow and received himself, you are certain you can go to him in trouble and find that he has ample leisure for you. If a man has not been through the fires of sorrow, he is apt to be contemptuous, he has no time for you. If you receive yourself in the fires of sorrow, God will make you nourishment for other people. -Oswald Chambers