Tracey the hand model
photo by Louie

Dear struggling Christian,

Are you one of the many, many people that have said a prayer and maybe even been baptized yet your life doesn’t seem to be working any better? Have you been an active church member in the past or maybe even now but life is still caving in around you? You are not alone. There seems to be plenty of others in the same boat. What could possibly be the answer?

Some folks have not only given up on church they have given up on God himself. I know the lives of some church members don’t always line up with what we think it should. Sometimes they may do or say things that are hurtful, and believe it or not they may even be hypocrites. One thing I would say to this is we simply cannot make a judgment about God based on his followers’ inability to follow him. Never forget the people you have met that claim to be believers in Christ are still living in the same world as you are and many have the same struggles. I am not letting them off the hook by any means I am simply saying please don’t give up on God because of someone else’s behavior.

As someone that went to church as a child and even said a prayer to be saved at one time; I speak from experience. I think I always believed there was a God I just didn’t understand how that was going to help me.  It seemed like God was way out there somewhere and I was left to fend for myself here on earth. The best I could do was to figure out how to make life happen and hope for the best. There didn’t appear to be any help from above. Consequently I ended up using sex, drugs and rock-n-roll to try and soothe my troubled soul.

When it comes to vices there are as many as there are idols in the Old Testament. Some folks are workaholics, shopaholics, money lovers, attention lovers and of course there are the obvious drugs and alcohol. What I am saying is when we have not trusted Christ, or have quit trusting in him, we will seek comfort, joy and security elsewhere. God told the prophet Jeremiah about this he said, “My people have done two things wrong. They have abandoned me, the fountain of life-giving water. They have also dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that can’t hold water.”

To wrap this up let me just say, “I feel your anguish and pain.” I know what it is like to have regrets and guilt because life hasn’t turned out the way you planned. The good news is God’s plan for your life hasn’t been thwarted. He knows exactly what it is going to take to get you where he wants you, and he will stop at nothing to reveal it to you. He loves you so much he sent his only begotten son to die to provide a way to join your spirit with his in an intimate union. God wants to live in and through you in order to fulfill something in your life only he can accomplish in you. There is absolutely no one else like you. No one else can do what God has planned for you. I say why don’t you ask him to come in and run things for a while. If you decide he isn’t doing a great job you can take the controls back, but we both know how that’s going to turn out don’t we?

Written by Louie


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