We all have struggles in our lives. Emotional. Psychological. Physical. Relational and, yes… Spiritual.
We all have fears.
Think about this…at any given time, on any given day, any given person that you encounter or even observe without their knowledge, is most likely struggling with something.
What are you struggling with right now?
Here’s the interesting thing about struggles, trials, tests and fears…
Someone who loves to fly may not understand your crippling fear of flying…YOUR FEAR VS YOUR FUTURE
It’s easy for someone else to say, ”You shouldn’t struggle with that.” “You should be over that by now”. “That wouldn’t be a problem for me”. “Why can’t you just move on”. “You don’t have enough faith”. “If I were you I would…”. “That’s no big deal”….And, sometimes they are right.
They may have even gone through the same thing. The same struggle. The same fear. The EXACT same thing…but they aren’t you. Your levels of strength, faith, experience, endurance are not the same. You weren’t raised the same. You weren’t prepared the same. You have different strengths and weaknesses. You’ve had different challenges. Different ‘breaking points’. Different levels of maturity. Everyone’s relationship with God is not the same.
Five children who read on the same grade level, may still all comprehend the same material on five different levels. We aren’t the same in areas that we are the same.
We can criticize Peter for denying Christ (Matthew 26:69-75). Judas for betraying Christ (Luke 22). Thomas for doubting Christ (John 20:24-29). The religious leaders for resisting Christ on challenging their traditions (Matthew 15:2). Many of His disciples for walking away because of how difficult His words seemed to them (John 6:60-71). Or, even the Jews and Romans for crucifying Him (Luke 23:21), but the truth be told, many of us would have done the same thing if we were living back then. How do I know? We can tell by our actions and attitudes today. For more on that click here to read…WOULD YOU HAVE SHOUTED HOSANNA OR CRUCIFY HIM?
So, I’m saying all that to say this…
Please respect someone else’s struggle.
Be patient with them.
Don’t judge them.
And most of all remind them how to overcome…
I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me.