There’s no easy way to begin today’s confession. It smacks one of the most pervasive temporal experiences about life right in the face. This culture, this economy, the lifestyle we live, and the people surrounding us attest to the lack of truth in our lives.
It was much too recently that I rocked a 13 month old baby in my lap, five months pregnant with another, weeping with fatigue, hopelessness, helplessness, and post-partum depression. My husband worked out of town four nights a week, leaving me with an unruly teenager and an infant and all of the daily hardships I couldn’t handle. I couldn’t find paying work in spite of sending out over 100 resumes and job inquiries in a six-week time frame. We couldn’t afford our mortgage payment. We barely got meals on the table. Every one of my five senses told me there was no hope. No God. No end to the struggle.
Thank goodness there’s more to life than what we can see and feel.
While my struggles – and yours – are real to life today, they are not the biggest and most important truth. They are lies meant to cripple you, to take your faith and your vitality and ultimately your life. I felt weak and powerless as I walked through this hardship. Valueless. Alone. Victimized.
To believe any of the lies this world casts on you all day is to accept far less than what you are meant to be. I am not a victim. I am not alone. I am not powerless, and you aren’t either. You have great value. Because our strength and power comes from the timeless Creator of the world, it is limitless and possible of infinite creativity.
Today’s confession might seem difficult and unrealistic in the face of your struggles, but that makes it even more important to look in the mirror and say it out loud.
Despite life’s struggles, I have overwhelming victory through Christ who loves me. Romans 8:37
What are you struggling with today? How does this confession change the way you see it?