Mar 02, 2017
"My Thought for Your Day" by Paul Minzlaff
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There is a classic statement that has been around my entire life and it goes something like, “You will truly never understand, unless you walk in another person’s shoes.” Isn’t it comforting to know that Jesus has walked in your shoes? Jesus chose to live with us, he took on flesh. He felt many of the same pains and rejections that we feel today. He could have lived (ruled) over us or away from us, but he didn’t, he lived among us. His life on earth showed us firsthand how we are to follow in his footsteps.
What a blessing it is to know that Jesus understands. Pressure, deadlines, feelings of ‘it’s never enough’ – Jesus knows how you feel. When we struggle, He awaits our conversation. When we struggle with the question of why, He stands ready to provide answers. We just need to remember that God’s time and ours are not always working from the same clock.
Growing up, I would often hear my elders say things like, “Figure it out on your own, work harder” and “Asking for help is a sign of weakness.” Oh my, how misguided I was. We have a God who invites our questions, welcomes our problems and never grows tired of repeating His answers, and encourages us to ask for His help. When the storms of life set in around us, remember the words Jesus spoke to Peter and let us learn: “You of little faith, he said, why did you doubt?”
What the world has overlooked, your Heavenly Father has remembered. You face nothing in life alone – nothing! When anxiousness and fear begin creeping into your thoughts, your eyes are focused on the visible world, but hope lies with the invisible world. Jesus sees in you what you cannot sometimes see in yourself. Jesus did for you what you cannot do for yourself. No greater love was on display than when He died for you and me.
My Thought for Your Day
“Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:6,7