I need to remember: There is hope.

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I need to remember: nothing is beyond God.

I need to remember: He loves me infinitely. He pursues me. He’s not–ever in a lifetime–once gonna forget me.

I need to remember: I am strong. God has created me with talents and skills. He has created me in his image.

I also need to remember that I will fail. That I’m imperfect. That I won’t understand. That I’ll be ashamed. That life on earth will suck. That I will be unhappy. Frustrated. Feeling hopeless. I need to remember that I will disappoint others. That I’ll disappoint myself. That I’ll hate my life with a burning passion.

Because it’s true. To expect anything else will desolate me when struggles hit because if I don’t recognize my faults and the faults of this sinful world, my foundation will be severely lacking.focus eye of human

But it’s when I recognize the pain that exists and will exist in this world that I can truly experience a genuine hope. What is hope that is grounded in false expectations? What is joy that is dependent on today’s ease? What is God if he’s only the God of a painless future?

Recognizing the depth of hurt and sin in the world is the only way we can even start to recognize how big our God is. It is only through seeing the pain that we will be in awe of what God will overcome. I don’t like hurt. I don’t like frustration. I don’t even like getting out of my warm bed into the cold air in the mornings.

But to minimalize the struggles of life, to expect a purely delightful future, to believe that being saved means being happy sets us up for an insincere sense of hope and a huge letdown. purple flowers

I need to remember: nothing is beyond God.

I need to remember: he loves me infinitely. He pursues me. He’s not–ever in a lifetime–once gonna forget me.

I need to remember: I am strong. God has created me with talents and skills. He has created me in his image.

I need to remember: this life is a long war filled with many battles that I was drafted into. It’s gonna hurt.

I need to remember: there is hope.

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