Why Yes, this is me! I won the challenge. NOT!
Why is it that every time I think about “challenge” I’m directed to my “body image”. It might be cause that is one challenge that God hasn’t freed me from. My sinful nature has a hold on me.
Or maybe it’s that my body image is not the most important challenge that God has laid on my heart.
1 John 3:23 (ESV) And this is his commandment, that we believe in the name of his Son Jesus Christ and love one another, just as he has commanded us.
This is the one challenge that I’m focusing on. This is the one challenge that God wants me to get right before I go on to the next. And there will be the next. Our whole life will be about more challenges.
As far back as I can remember, I now can see how God was challenging me even during times that I didn’t know God was even there.
As a young child, making the choice to lie about something.
As an adolescent, choosing to walk away from a potentially dangerous situation even though it was seen as weird by my peers.
As a young teenager, making a choice to skip class to go with my boyfriend and do things I shouldn’t be doing.
As an older teen, choosing not to drive drunk.
As a new married woman, choosing forgiveness even though it hurt.
As a young mom, making a choice to allow my kids to see me go against my husband’s wishes.
As a wife, choosing not to place myself in a situation that most likely would have ending my marriage.
As a Christian, choosing love for others, over myself.
Oh, and so many more in between.
He was with me so long ago and walked each step with me, challenging me to seek Him in my choices. Challenging me to challenge His love for me.
You know I did do that. I challenged Him in 2006 to fix my life, my marriage, my family and He did. But with that challenge I had to choose to let Him guide my life.
So in any challenge that we find ourselves in, we must let Him be our guide.
His challenges are for our Good and to bring HIM Glory.
Take the Challenge!
Lord, thank you for challenging me to be better each day.