From: Caroline Dixon
It was easy for me to get discouraged today. It was humid and sticky. My mind drifted to workplace puzzles that can't be solved until Monday anyway. My self-pitying eyes looked around the congregation, imagining everyone else's lives to be full of bliss, contentment, and ease on this summer morning. Me, thinking I'm the only one utterly discouraged at church today. It was easy for me to get discouraged today.
So, is there any way for me to "SNAP OUT OF IT"??
Only one thing ever really seems to work: remembering my own real story. Remembering God's true, historic, actual INTERVENTION into my life. To remember his excellent love that specifically sought out me. To recall and believe that it really happened; that I once was dead and now am alive, by God's grace alone.
The psalmist today states it plainly:
“He drew me up
from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God."
Psalm 40:2-3a ESV
I am a co-leader of the North Shore Neighborhood Group of CotC. My day job is to support international students at Gordon College.