I could mark it up to writer's block...and that would have some truth to it. But quite honestly, I've found myself in a perpetual state of frustration lately.
I know I've mentioned it before, but for some reason, this is just under my skin and I can't shake it....
It's like everyone around me--family, friends, acquaintances, leaders, John Q Public--has lost their mind!!!!!!! Then I think I'm the one who has most likely lost her mind--and that wouldn't be too far from the truth either...
Maybe it's just a burden God has given me for what's going on around me--the immediate and the not so immediate.
Then I wonder, am I suffering from a pride issue??? I sure hope not because believe-you-me..I have nothing to boast about but the Christ Who lives in me........I find myself stumbling along at times as well....
I think what is driving me over the edge is how passive it seems so many have gotten. Not that I'm perfect....please, please, please don't think I'm going there. Matter of fact, if I listed what is wrong with me, what doesn't please God that comes from me, you'd probably quit reading my blog and e-mailing me!! It seems as if the obvious wrongs.....aren't anymore and I just don't get it.
Help me sort this out if you can...or at least tell me you are in the same boat as I am so I at least don't feel like I'm a total crackpot!!
(Let's keep in mind that I'm talking about people who proclaim Christianity)
How can spouses justify wanting to be married and yet wanting to "do their own thing"...alone?
How do teens/young adults claim Jesus, yet be okay listening to this secular garbage called music, watch this garbage on tv and in theaters and read books about glamorized vampires???
How do those in positions of authority yell and demean those who work under them and sing Oh, How I Love Jesus on Sunday??
How do those who claim purity in the name of Jesus, no matter their age, justify heavy petting or making out or whatever it's called now??
This is just a few of the things that is going on around me on an almost daily basis. You know, it doesn't make it right, but I can understand those that don't claim Christ doing these things. I mean..the Spirit doesn't inhabit them so how can they do godly things?...but these are people who won't miss a church service. Who have leadership roles in the churches. Who lead Bible studies. Who claim Christ!!!!!!!
I was fretting and praying about all of this this morning during my quiet time and I was pleading with God to give me some encouragement, some hope, something to hold on to from His Word; and just like Jesus, here's what I got:
"Give all your worries and cares to God for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are. In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support and strengthen you and He will place you on a firm foundation." 1Peter 5:7-10, NLT
Plain and simple, give it to God. He realizes what's going on and it's breaking His heart as well. Watch out for satan who is going to try to destroy me and my family as well and can use the means of what's going on around me to take my focus off of praying for and lifting up the ones in my household. Remember I'm not alone, my brothers and sisters in Christ are suffering through and discouraged about the same things. But remember after a time, God will restore me and place me on a firm foundation....what a glorious day that will be!!!!!!!!!!