2 Corinthians 3:2-3
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone. You show that you are a letter from Christ, the result of our ministry, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts.
Have you ever found yourself sitting in the heaviness of whatever struggle you face? Have you ever thought to yourself, “How will I ever get through this? When will the pain ever end?” I know I have. I want to share with you that your pain has a purpose. One day, someone may approach you, curious about how you endured challenging times. This will be your opportunity to openly share your personal experiences, inner strength, and the hope that carried you through. You see, we are not the only ones who struggle; throughout the Bible, we read stories of redemption and hope. Take the story of the Samaritan woman at the well, for example. This woman lived under the oppression of rejection, but when she met Jesus, she returned to the village as a minister, and people believed her because of her testimony.
This is just one of many stories throughout the Bible. I found myself recently sitting in my own struggles and the pain of rejection, and I thought to myself, “Why not me? Why not me?” God is always present and always working. I called out to my Father and came to him with an open heart and mind. Then, I asked Him to fill me up with the Spirit, renew in me a clean heart, and a heart full of hope for the future. I have seen Him work in my life in the past, and I know He uses every mess I have ever created for a message of hope. Today, I choose to take the pain of rejection, disappointment, and grief and turn it into God’s purpose for my life to be a testimony to others. What is the story that God is writing in YOUR life? How might He be preparing you?
1. List what you know God has done for you during this season of your life.
2. Consider how you could share with others.
3. Take time to thank Him for the difficult season you might be in.
Jesus, I want to thank you for who you are. Thank you for allowing me to see you in every season and situation I face. I thank you for never abandoning me and for always showing me the way when I call out to you. Jesus, I ask that you continue to guide me, show me the path that will be most pleasing to you, and give me the courage to share my faith and testimony with others. I love you, Lord, and I thank and praise you! In your precious and Holy name, AMEN!