Remember, our Message is not about ourselves; we’re proclaiming Jesus Christ, the Master. All we are is messengers, errand runners from Jesus for you. It started when God said, “Light up the darkness!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. 2 Corinthians 4:5-12
That’s what it’s all about. That’s why I praise God every day – this precious message of light that rescued me from darkness. Cancer can’t put it out. Financial problems can’t put it out. Pain can’t put it out. Anxiety about the future can’t put it out. Sadness and missing my loved ones can’t put it out. Fear of death can’t put it out. In all of this, the light of Jesus only gets stronger. The peace of Jesus only gets stronger. As long as I just rest in him and trust him, his strength carries me.
Three times I begged the Lord to make this suffering go away. But he replied, “My kindness is all you need. My power is strongest when you are weak.” So if Christ keeps giving me his power, I will gladly brag about how weak I am. Yes, I am glad to be weak or insulted or mistreated or to have troubles and sufferings, if it is for Christ. Because when I am weak, I am strong. 2Corinthians 12:8-10
I get so many nice comments from people about my blog and I appreciate every one of them. I love the fact that people read and that anything I write might encourage someone. That’s my reason for writing. But a lot of people write to me about how amazing my faith is, or how impressed they are at how I am handling all of this. And again, I so much appreciate it – but I need to say – it’s not me. It’s God. Faith comes from God. And peace, that definitely comes from God. Believe me, if it was just Kim, you’d be reading some really different stuff. Some cranky, complaining, miserable, selfish stuff. Because that’s me on my own.
The really important thing is that the same strength and peace is available to anybody, to everybody, no matter what it is that you are dealing with. Your situation, right now, is just as important to God as mine. He doesn’t play favorites based on how serious the need is according to our way of looking at things. He loves all of us and each one of us, and the really fantastic thing is he has an infinite supply of love, peace and joy, so he has enough and more than enough for me and you and the next person. Just ask. And if you’re interested in knowing more about God, here’s a cool website I found recently: http://www.juststopandthink.com