Friday, June 27, 2008

I am at that point in my life - and when it hits us is different for each of us - that I too often find myself comparing my life to that of those around me. Normally, this doesn't include things accumulated but life situations - jobs, families, skills accumulated, and the like.

Yesterday I was with a group of friends for a cookout and though it was one of those days I didn't feel I had the energy after work to go anywhere, I mustered the energy (thank you Lord) and truly enjoyed an evening of good food and good fellowship.

I spent some time looking over family pictures on the wall of my friend's home, weddings, grandkids, special times captured on film to be remembered and shared. I admired hand-crafted furniture that my friend has made and the incredibly clean and organized wood shop he had built for himself (I often find the people I admire to be neat and well organized, something I am not). He, like another pastor long ago had found solice in woodworking.

I must admit to some moments of meloncholy as I reviewed the photos and souveniers of a life lived to the fullest in my friend's home, my singleness and the distance between family members becoming suddenly heavy on me.

Also present was another couple whom I love dearly; they admitted to being devastated by the trouble of two of their kids who are just a little younger than I am. They are wonderful people who love the Lord with all of their hearts, yet their kids have chosen paths that are difficult and broken. I hurt for them. Their pain made mine suddenly vanish, further evidence that the best way to deal with your own burdens are to focus on those of others and how you can lighten them.

Our self-worth can't come from our stuff. It can't come from the work that we do. We must deal with the issues Christ allows into our lives and do with them the best that we can. I was worth the life blood and death of Jesus Christ! I don't understand that, will never be able to fully grasp that love of the Father but I can't tell you how grateful I am for it.

You are worth the life blood of Jesus Christ my friend! Luke12:24 tells us to "Consider the ravens: they do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than the birds!"

Under His Grace,



At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Brad,

I just wanted to encourage you today ...

I know that I have not met you and I pray that you take this with a pure heart from a sister in Christ, but I do not know how you have managed to stay single all this time except that God is using it to bring Him glory! I mean, I Read your posts and feel your heart for the Lord and I honestly DREAM of being in the company of men who have such a passion for things of the Lord as you, your brother and Walker do! I have only met Walker in person, but I am SO BLESSED by you all and God is using you!

I am 29 and get picked on ALL the time about still being single and not even really having options! Not good ones anyways! Sometimes, it is SO tempting to give in to just any guy who wants to love me and show me attention, but I know that could never work! I will WAIT ... even if that means it never comes, then I will rejoice when my Savior (my Prince) has come back for me!

REJOICE, my brother! He is FAITHFUL! Thank you for being used and for using what God gives you!

Love in Christ,

Laurel Lynn <><
Greeley, CO

P.S. You might laugh to know that I actually write my future husband letters! I tell him about what's going on in life, how much I miss him and how hard it is to be patient for him, but I'm determined to do it! Okay - now I'm in tears! Blessings to you!

At 11:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for your words today. I am also at the point in my life where I have realized that I shouldn't be comparing myself to others. I think we look at others and only get to see the surface of their lives. They look good, but what we don't always see are the trials and difficulties they are going through.

I am going through a very difficult time in my life and the only thing that I know for sure is that God is always with me. I am struggling with why God has allowed this situation to occur, but trusting that He is in control.

Today has been a difficult day for me and I appreciate your thoughts today.

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