Trying to be who God wants us to be, and who we ourselves want to be, can be exhausting at times, but is certainly well worth the effort! Yet, despite our ongoing efforts, the battle for optimism will continue to rage on day after day.
Although we may start out every morning determined to have a new attitude and a joyful song in our hearts, each day brings new challenges that may cause us to stumble in our quest for positive thinking.
Its okay, friend. Take a deep and refreshing breath – and rest in knowing that God knows your heart.
He knows if we truly desire to have a heart like Christ.
He knows when we are trying hard to live a life that glorifies Him.
He knows when we stumble, and need willpower to get back up.
He knows when we are weak, and need His strength.
He knows when we are lost, and need His wisdom and guidance.
He knows when we are broken, and need healing and mercy.
He knows we are sinners, in need of His saving grace.
Today’s challenge is simply to reflect on the challenges over the past couple weeks, and consider how God has shown you His presence as you sought to have a heart like His. For review purposes, here are the challenges we encountered:
My prayer is that each one of you will walk away from this little challenge with a fresh perspective about life and the importance of positive thinking, a renewed desire to be an optimist, and a new-found excitement to always see the glass half full. Above all, I pray God has used it to touch your heart and helped you rekindle the joy of your salvation in Him, despite the difficulties life brings.