Monday, April 22, 2013

Monday's Mentions...4/22/13

Ever have one of those weeks? Mine was last week. My Monday posts are generally a time to mention things that are happening in the life of the church or the lives of those who compose the church that are a testimony to what God is doing in their lives. I'm taking a side road today. 

Last week wasn't was just blah. I had recently gotten over that respiratory infection that everyone seemed to have and things were looking up. Then Monday hit. It was warm out and it was supposed to rain on Tuesday so I mowed the looked like the Amazon. The pollen count must have been through the roof. I came inside and had a headache all night. And all day Tuesday I was feeling those sinus headaches. I was grumpy. I was short-fused with my family. I just wanted meds and a bed and quiet. 

This continued into Wednesday and started improving by Thursday. It just left me Blah. 

It was on Friday that I gained some perspective. I paused. Wait...Pollen counts were high? That means things were blooming. Which means it's favorite season! 

Spring is my favorite season because through the death of winter life bursts forth! Color comes back. Then I was reminded that I have no reason to feel blah. Christ's death gave birth to life...eternal life. 

So remember, if you're having one of "those weeks," there is hope. I was reminded of Paul's letter to the church in Rome:

Not only so, but we  also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;  perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 5:3-5)
I know, I took that out of context. My "sufferings" cannot compare to the sufferings Paul was talking to the Roman Christians about. However, I think the truth in this passage for us is that when we are discouraged, frustrated, hurting, lonely, or anything else that as we persevere we gain character (battle scars that serve as a testimony to others), and ultimately we have hope in the One who bring us through to life.

So, there you have it. 

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