I know it’s been a while since my last post. I’ve just been overwhelmed by different decisions that I have to make in my life, and I tend to procrastinate when I am overwhelmed. However, I am back with another Sermon Notes post for you.
Can I be honest with you? In my attempt at adulting, it’s not turning out how I imagined it would be. I found myself in a sporadic cycle of sadness and happiness, triggered by anything from another friend getting engaged to having a relatively stress-free week at work. So, to stop the cycle, I decided to talk to my campus pastor.
And my campus pastor helped me see my life in a different perspective. I just felt that I wasn’t seeing the fruits of my labor…I wasn’t getting the opportunities I was applying for or making any dent in my student loan debt or connecting with anyone. The first thing he told me after I explained what was happening, is that I am doing better than I think. He talked to me about seasons. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 it says,
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. A time to be born and a time to die. A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal. A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance. A time to scatter scones and a time to gather stones. A time to embrace and a time to turn away. A time to search and a time to quit searching. A time to keep and a time to throw away. A time to tear and a time to mend. A time to be quiet and a time to speak. A time to love and a time to hate. A time for war and a time for peace.”
I use to have this scripture taped to my dresser, but I took it down when I moved into my apartment. Yet, in the back of my mind I knew that in life there would be seasons. And I have acknowledged this fact, it has just been harder to accept it when I had planned the direction of my life to be different than it is now. However, through my conversations with my campus pastor, God, and others, I have a new perspective on my life. Sometimes we are not in our “ideal” situation because God is trying to work some things out in our lives…other times, He is trying to work out some things outside of our lives. So while I am waiting for the next stage in my life, I will continue to work on different areas of my life (ex: spiritual/professional/emotional/etc.). I have to keep pressing on because I might be closer to the next stage than I think…
For the past 4 or so months, there has been construction across the street from my apartment complex. Right now, it just looks as if they’re pushing dirt around. And even though I do not have a clue of how the piles of dirt will turn into anything, the construction workers do. Which got me to thinking. At times, we may share the vision of our lives with others and they may not get it. They might (intentionally or unintentionally) discourage us from pursuing our vision. But don’t be discouraged. Right now they are only looking at the dirt pile in a construction site and not the business or education or happiness you see. I heard someone on the radio say that we shouldn’t let where we are and where we want to be, scare us, but inspire us. So it might take a month, a year, 5 years, or 10+ years for our vision to come true, but we cannot give up.
I want to leave you with one last thing. Do not give up on the vision for your life, because you are doing better than you think.
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3 thoughts on “Sermon Notes: Don’t Give Up!”
Your perspective on life is amazing! When we are stuck or overwhelmed, one thing we should do is seek out a wise person. Your campus pastor was on target. It is interesting he gave you encouragement through a new perspective to consider (that was Bible-based) and not a list of things to do.
I have a vision that I am working towards. But I also get discouraged at times when it isn’t going at the pace I want. Your article was encouraging and I will keep it handy for those times I start to get down.
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Thank you so much. It is so interesting how if we switch our perspective on something that we are able to learn something (entirely) new.
That was truly an encouraging message. Dry seasons occur more often than you think in the lives of many. However, with the creation of social media, it’s easy to be misled by pictures of fictitious stories of friends or acquaintances. It’s important to remember that we should never compare ourselves to others (based on what we see on Facebook, Instagram, etc) As Christians, we must remember that God loves us unconditionally and wants the best for us – He wants to see us prosper in life so that we can continue to bless others. With that being said- be encouraged in knowing a dry season in our lives will not last forever.
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