Do Not Lose Heart

Hey, everyone! Hope your weekend is going awesome so far! Today I will be sharing a Bible journaling page I completed recently. When I Bible journal, I tend to jump around quite a bit and journal verses that simply inspire me. That is why you will see quite a variety in passages! Today’s verse is 2 Corinthians 4:16 –

"All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day." -2 Corinthians 4:15-16
“All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day.” -2 Corinthians 4:15-16

 

Why I journaled it…

This chapter of 2 Corinthians has felt very relevant lately, especially verse 16. In church, we talked about what “losing heart” meant. Maybe it’s because I grew up on Anne of Green Gables, but the first thing that popped into my head was Anne’s voice – “I’m in the depths of despair!”

To me, losing heart means despairing; not only that, but losing all hope as well. In the movie, Marilla chides Anne with – “to despair is to turn your back on God.” And she is right! We need verses like 2 Corinthians 4:16 to remind us that we should NEVER turn our backs on God. Even if everything in our lives is going wrong, He always has a plan. Don’t despair!


This verse is relevant to me because I have been having a hard time learning to drive. I know it sounds rather ridiculous, but it has been very frustrating for me! Yesterday, I simply lost heart. My mind was telling myself “maybe I’ll never be able to drive well. I should just quit!”

However, reading this chapter – and more specifically this verse – God has been telling me that I shouldn’t despair.  We should never let little events like these get in the way of faith. Even though it may seem little – losing a competition, failing a test, enduring a small trial – these discouraging events make up a part of our lives. How we handle them is incredibly important to our Christian walk.

 


Application

Think of these small – or big – trials as tests. How are you going to approach it? Will you quit? Or, will you pick yourself up and try again until you succeed? Besides, God always uses them for good. Here’s an example.

About eight or nine months ago, I was dying to get on pointé. For those of you who aren’t dancers, it’s when a dancer first gets special shoes stiffened with glue that allow her to dance on her toes. Anyway, I had been working hard for months to prepare, but I was still not ready to get my first pointé shoes. It was very discouraging for a while.

Then, after more months of hard work, I was finally able to dance on pointé. It was such an amazing feeling! Looking back, I realize that that long wait was incredibly important. God had used it to develop my patience, not just my physical strength! Plus, having worked through that challenge, I now appreciate pointé so much more than if I hadn’t. If you are going through a trial right now – even if it is small – try to look for the silver lining. It is always there.


This is the lesson that I will try to take with me into my driving practices, and I hope you will remember it as well! Looking on the bright side of a disappointment is not just positive thinking. As Christians, it is a truth of life! Trials are really the only way for God to hammer out your imperfections. So, as Tobymac would say, Keep Walkin’ and don’t lose heart!

Have there been “little” trials in your life that have resulted in a disguised blessing?

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