Today's WW is all about making it through whatever we have to go through emotionally, physically, and mentally in life, and not adding the very evident pressure of "I should be happy every single day because ___ (fill in the blank)".
Despite popular belief, every day is NOT a Friday, and I don't think that is a very manageable expectation for our lives.
I was recently at the store, and saw shelves full of "Christian" self help books that made me shake my head and sigh. It almost made me plain upset because, just like the complaint that magazines cause body image issues, I truly believe these sort of books cause "life image" issues. I mean let's be honest...sometimes life sucks, and we have to go through trials. Trials are not called "weekends" or "birthday parties" for a reason. Trials serve a purpose, and that purpose is to mold us, and make us stronger individuals.
We must go through hard times, and life altering moments, to sharpen and make us a better version of ourselves.
I really believe as "Christians" or "believers", there is this expectation to always have a smile on our face, and a skip in our step, because after all...we have faith. Too bad King David, or even Job aren't here to tell you about all the times they didn't have a smile on their face.
Now this post isn't just to complain, or to whine. It is to take the burden of these ridiculous expectations off of your shoulders. I mean hey...you might just be having a bad day today, and that is OK!
The verse above really hit home with me, because even when we cast our cares upon the Lord, sometimes we still struggle with whatever we are going through. I don't believe God is here to wave His magic wand once we surrender our burdens to Him, and just make all the bad disappear. In fact, I believe the verse above means that once we give Him our worries, He walks with us through that trial so we learn, and become better for ourselves and others. Who doesn't want to become better each day? If that requires some testing, I feel that we should surrender all, and say, so be it! Even if it doesn't tickle our fancy!
The verse says the Lord will sustain us. The word sustain means to strengthen or support physically or mentally. So if you are feeling guilty because of your sadness or anger through a trial...please know that you are NOT sinning. You are also NOT disappointing God because your days don't consist of sequential Fridays. He is here to sustain us through trials and tribulations, and knows that these times of trouble won't make us smile, but they will make us stronger so we can smile once we make it through.
I know this post will step on some toes, but I also know it will relieve a lot of us (myself included) of the pressure to have perfect, happy go lucky lives. I will leave you all with this verse...
John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world