Don’t Let Fear Control You

dont-let-fear-control-youWe, are human beings. And whether we like it or not, we are afraid. We live in a world full of fear (It’s full of other things too, but I’m talking about fear.). We may not be so afraid that we’re paranoid. But we are scared. We are frightened.Read More »

Dealing with Disappointment

Dealing withIronically, my dad gave me the topic for today. I was struggling with being disappointed with certain family members doing something without asking if I wanted to do it.

When Dad saw my reaction, he said something like, “Oh look. Here’s a new blog post for you: dealing with disappointment.” And actually, as I’ve thought it over, it really is a good topic to do a post about. So here I am, actually writing a post on a topic my dad had only joked about doing.

We all get disappointed some times, don’t we? People let us down. They don’t live up to our expectations. They fail us.

Everyone, at some point in their lives, will disappoint you.

They’ll disappoint you because they are human. We, are all human. We are not perfect. We are sinful. We are full of faults. We are broken people (from Twenty One Pilot’s Screen).

Romans 8:7

For the sinful nature is always hostile to God. It never did obey God’s laws, and it never will.

So it’s a fact of life that people will disappoint you. And you will disappoint others.

For one, we can’t always live up to the expectations people have of us. For most people we can’t even really know their expectations of us. So how can we live up to them? In many ways, most expectations are unjust and unrealistic. They are unable to be lived up to in the first place.

For two, we’re human just like everyone else.

But when we are disappointed, what should we do?

Remember that everyone makes mistakes. Tell them why your disappointed, in hopes that they’ll learn from it.

But then, move on. Don’t let your disappointment ruin the rest of your mood. I know that I have let disappointment take control of my attitude, my day. We don’t have time to waste on such things as disappointment though. Our lives are short. Let’s live them well.

But most importantly:

Trust in the Lord. When people let you down and fail you, trust in the Lord.

For He is the one person who will never disappoint you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the LORD your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.

He will never fail you. He will never disappoint you.

For God is perfect.

God does not have a sinful nature.

God does not fail.

He is good. The absolute definition of good.

Proverbs 3:5

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.

Trust in the Lord for no matter what happens, because it will all be part of His plan.

A plan that is for your good.

Romans 8:28

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

When people disappoint you, remember that God has a plan. Remember that He will never disappoint you no matter how many people do.

Don’t let disappointment get the best of you. It’s not worth it. Instead, focus on what matters.

-G. Paige

 

Kindness Can Change Lives

Kindness

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Kindness: something people who don’t believe in Christianity but have good morals try to exhibit and something Christians do (or, at least know they should) exhibit.

We’re told by our parents over and over to “Be kind to _____.” or just “Be kind.” and maybe you find yourself using the same words to your siblings (if you have any). I know I do. But saying something is a whole lot easier than actually following through with something especially concerning kindness.

Because kindness is something that can shown every moment of every day. Every thought, every word, and every action can show kindness or something quite distasteful. Unlike many other fruits of the spirit which you have the chance to exhibit only at certain times. Like having self-control only when there is something to get angry about. Or having patience only when there is something to be impatient about.

Kindness is something that can be shown all the time. There is always the availability to be kind. And that makes it oh so much harder.

I have so much trouble with this. I get in terrible moods and snap at people. I whine and complain. I get grumpy and grouchy and then don’t feel like doing anything helpful. Or better yet, I do something helpful but I do it with such a bad attitude that I’m not helpful at all.

And it happens all the time.

I also find that, for me, it is much easier to be kind to friends, than to my siblings.

Proverbs 3:3

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you!
Tie them around your neck as a reminder.
Write them deep within your heart.

But being kind is so so important. In many ways, kindness is the first step to being loving and caring. Being kind can help us have better self-control, better patience.

More importantly, it is one of the most defining reasons why Christians are different from other people.

People who aren’t Christians can be kind. They can be loving. But they wouldn’t go to the extremes that Christians do. To them, what would really be the point of loving your enemies or being kind to those who hurt you? It’s just extra trouble. But we go through that trouble. And that is incomprehensible thing to many people. Why would we risk our lives for such a pointless cause?

But to us, it’s not pointless. We’re following the example set by Christ over two thousand years ago. We face persecution, even death, out of the love we have for Christ who set us free from sin. And it’s this strange concept that people who don’t know Christ don’t understand. It’s this concept that brings many people to Christ.

So we shouldn’t just be kind because we’re told to by are parents or because it’s right and good. Though those are good reasons, that’s not the main reason we should do it for.

We should be kind out of the love Christ gave to us.

And for many people your kindness may be their only example they ever get of Christ’s love. It may be the key to bringing people to Christ. As it’s said: one act of kindness may save a life, for eternity.

-G. Paige