15 Jul It’s Not All Bad!
Recently I was talking with a friend who lost their job due to the pandemic, and as he began to talk about resenting the season he spent with the company, his wife stepped in with a really profound statement. She said, “No, don’t do that – the whole season wasn’t bad!” It struck me because, although I haven’t experienced such a big loss during this time, I have often found myself wanting to stamp a big “bad” over this year due to the pandemic. How about you?
Have you also joined the majority of our nation saying that 2020 just needs to end? Have you written off this whole year as an epic fail? Have you spent most days focusing on the lack and limitations? I definitely have struggled with all of the above.
This is one of the reasons I am incredibly grateful that Jesus died and made way for us to receive the Holy Spirit. See, because I now have God living within me, I actually don’t have to stay a victim to my thoughts, feelings, or circumstances… and neither do you. For those of us who have surrendered our lives to Jesus we now have the ability to live out 2 Corinthians 5:7, which says “walk by faith and not by sight.” Similarly, Romans 8:5-6 helps us see how this all plays out when it states, “Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.”
We get to choose, friends. This is what makes our lives radically different from those that aren’t born again believers. We now have an option to walk in true freedom from our flesh by submitting to the Holy Spirit. We can ask God today to help us see and think differently about our lives, especially in the midst of all that’s happening in our world. Yes, there is so much evil but there is also so much good.
Psalm 119:68 says, “the Lord is good and what He does is good”. He is the One in you and wanting to move through you. My hope is that we will decide as the family of God to follow the command in Hebrews 3:13 and “encourage one another daily, as long as it is called ’Today’, so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.” The Holy Spirit can help us to find joy in each day. This is not just positivity – this is faith. It’s allowing our belief in the Gospel to transform how we live out each minute of our lives, and that’s why we were given His Spirit. So I challenge you: anchor yourself in the Word of God not the words of the world and take your focus off of the what and put it on the Who.
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Director of Young Adults & NH Students – Durham Campus