1 Peter 4: 10 NIV
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 11 To him be the power for ever and ever. Amen.
One of my passions is reading the narratives of such great woman like Ida B. Wells, Susan B. Anthony, Rigoberta Menchu Tum. They like so many women struggled against hardships, injustice and insufferable obstacles. The ultimate goal -the betterment of humanity through the empowerment of women by steadfastly challenging and changing the status quo. In exploring the legacy of these extraordinary persons, how they overcame painful times through inner strength and resolute courage-I asked myself “Why can’t I sometimes handle a sink full of dirty dishes?”
At this time of my life I am facing various heart aching situations-anxiety for my children, family illness, personal disappointment and so on. Yet Paul in the Bible spoke of the art of contentment even through the toughest of trials (flogging, shipwrecks, starvation). Yet he wrote one of my favorite books in the bible, Philippians, that uses the word rejoice over 16 of the 214 times it is mentioned modernly. For certain, Paul (formerly killer Saul) would know about persevering with a joyful temperament and grateful spirit. With heaven as his home, Jesus as his friend, even on this earth -he lived as if he were already there!
Concern (C): Sister, do you receive temporary suffering —through the same faith— you receive eternal blessings/promises from God? (Please comment below)
Encouragement (E): The scripture for this week clearly states that Christ HIMSELF (Emphasis intentional) will restore, steadfast, firm and strengthen you. Answer this call -through his power and hang up yours.
Act (A): Imagine yourself already in heaven and hearing the words “Well done”. Then live eternal life backwards. What is the first thing you will do/say once you’re already home? Start practicing what better time than right now!