EACH DAY IS A GIFT
2 TIMOTHY 4:6-8 (NIV) For I am already being poured out like a drink offering, and the time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.
Dear Reader, How many of you can say that you are thankful for another day of life? I have known the pain of clinical depression and have had suicidal thoughts. I have known the guilt associated with being a Christian and feeling like I just don’t want to live any longer. Depression is a dark pit and a hard one to escape from, but it can be done. You do not have to live your entire life in hopelessness because with God there is always hope.
Many Christians are anxiously looking forward to the Lord’s return. If you are experiencing a really challenging trial, you might be desperate for it. God puts us through struggles to strengthen our faith and perseverance. It is part of our Almighty Teacher’s lesson plan. He has an objective and a goal.
A teacher never has 30 students in the same place academically. Therefore, it only makes sense that God never has students all in the same place spiritually. Depending on our dependence on Him and the measure of our will and obedience, we move through lessons at different paces. Some of us are remedial students. God is patient in reteaching us His lessons over and over until we master His objective.
Then there are the driven students who want to race through His lessons with a haphazard approach. They too will need to review lessons. God does an awful lot of reteaching! It is a good thing He is so patient with His children.
When I hear about people who are so depressed that they are harming themselves or considering suicide, I grieve. It is because I have experienced their pain and can relate to their hopelessness. As one who nearly died from a brain tumor, I really see how life is a gift. I am thankful I have more time on earth to love my family, friends, and serve my Lord.
When a person is so depressed that they see life as too difficult to finish, they have lost sight of the fact that things always get better. The lessons God is throwing them are bearable, if they request His help and strength. The trials need to be viewed as love and not punishment.
The pain of the “here and now” can blind us to the hope God promises all of His children. Jeremiah 29:11 promises that He has plans for our future. These plans are not to harm us but to give us a future and a hope. This verse has given me the strength to overcome my depression, fear, and health issues.
I do believe God is greatly saddened when He sees His children, His own workmanship, giving thought to a quick exit. Life is a gift. It has so many possibilities. We need to remember that the best day of our life is still yet to be experienced.
I wish you all the joy of waking up each new morning with the realization you have another day to make a difference for God. Therein is where true joy lies. Living a life FOR Christ and giving HIM joy in your willingness to serve Him as an empty cup waiting for Him to fill, is where true joy and happiness rests.
“We want to avoid suffering, death, sin, and ashes. But we live in a world crushed and broken and torn, a world God Himself visited to redeem. We receive his poured-out life, and being allowed the high privilege of suffering with Him, may then pour ourselves out for others.” Elisabeth Elliot
“I have one desire now – to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength into it.” Elisabeth Elliot