I’m sitting in my pajamas covered up with a quilt I made drinking coffee and reflecting on what I’ve been feeling lately. God has put on my heart to really examine myself and be honest with my feelings and today I feel like others may be able to find comfort in the fact that they are not alone. The enemy uses isolation to make me feel like I have no one to turn to because no one has been there , but 1 Corinthians 10:13 is a verse that has taught me that I’m not alone.
When most people think temptation I feel like they maybe think about sexual temptation but we can be tempted in lots of different ways by lots of different things. One definition of the word temptation is “a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise”. For me something that I do is unwise is to doubt who God made me to be and to think I am less then a daughter of the most high. I read in a book (perhaps by Lysa Terkeurstt) that constantly thinking negatively of yourself is still thinking of yourself. So while I constantly think to myself I’m not a good enough wife, mother, daughter, friend, i’m still thinking of myself. In the days of Facebook, Instagram stories, and Snapchat I get to caught up in what I don’t have and who I’m not that I forget to thankful for all that I have and all that I am. God is faithful! God is the midst of everything, even my personal chaos.
As believers I think we get caught up portraying the Christian life and not walking it out. You see when Jesus got a hold of my heart and I was so excited to learn more and to grow and build community in Christ. Now I feel like portraying the Christian life has clouded the redemption of the cross. What I found is that just because you know Jesus doesn’t mean that everything is magically perfect. The longer I live in Christ the stronger I feel to live in authenticity. We need to be authentic in the all aspects of life. That doesn’t mean airing all your dirty laundry but instead showing others they are not alone. We have the chance to comfort each other in our struggles and celebrate in our triumphs. Remember 1 Corinthians 10:13 says that there is “No temptation has come upon you except what is common to humanity”. I won’t be tempted by something that isn’t common to the rest of humanity which means I am not alone. You are not alone. We have brothers and sisters in Christ. Have the courage to be authentic in your life, it can be an encouragement to you and to others.