By Alexandra Heimbaugh
It's easy to get used to bad stuff. For example, when you first walk into a dark room you can't see a thing. But after a minute, you can start to make out silhouettes of people and objects. In this world, we live in darkness. We want to turn on the light, but that means we have to get off of our lazy butts and flip the switch. So we tolerate the darkness.
Jesus has already saved us from this mess. So why are we still living in it?! Get up; be different! This world is not satisfying; so don't be satisfied with it! C. S. Lewis said it this way: “The fact that our heart yearns for something earth can't supply is proof that Heaven must be our home.”
In this life we are meant to change the world, not go along with it. As Christians, we will be constantly swimming against the current. But it is worth it! When I did gymnastics, at the end of a typical day I would be tired and hungry. A few times I asked myself, “Why do I even do this?” Instead of quitting, I kept at it. I went to my first meet with my team and had a blast. I realized that all the work was worth it. That's what Heaven is going to be like, except an infinite amount better.
So how do we fight our fallen nature that gets used to sin? The key is to not be discouraged, because then we give up. The Devil lies to me and tells me that I'm alone; that I'm the only one who cares about having a relationship with Jesus. That is not true! Lots of people love Jesus and want to know Him better. We just have to seek them out.
Many times, we simply forget about our purpose for being on this earth. I find it helpful to stick my favorite quote or Bible verse on my mirror or to praise God when I’m in the shower. I make sure I’m spending time with Jesus. He wants so much to hang out with us. Even a ten second prayer makes Him so happy.
Don't put up with the darkness. Be a light, not just for yourself but so that others can also see. Keep praying and asking God to fill you. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Jesus will answer your prayer. So wait for Him.
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