When in your life have you felt like you just didn’t want to be doing what you are doing anymore? Or that you just don’t have the strength to keep doing what it is you are doing?
You know, being Christians, we are often looked at as if we are strong and have it together and can do no wrong and nothing bad will happen to us. Oh if only the secular world knew!
Even in our hard times, we can still try to follow the perfect model who did it best. Jesus! Right before he was going to go the cross we see a moment where he shows us steps we can take to go through our hard seasons while still pointing others to Christ.
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Jesus Prays on the Mount of Olives
39 Then, accompanied by the disciples, Jesus left the upstairs room and went as usual to the Mount of Olives. 40 There he told them, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.”
41 He walked away, about a stone’s throw, and knelt down and prayed, 42 “Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” 43 Then an angel from heaven appeared and strengthened him. 44 He prayed more fervently, and he was in such agony of spirit that his sweat fell to the ground like great drops of blood.[e]
45 At last he stood up again and returned to the disciples, only to find them asleep, exhausted from grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you will not give in to temptation.”
The Three Steps to Handle Our Tough Times Like Jesus
- Go to our circle
- Go to our tent
- Go to those we influence
“Here is what I say, you know you are ready to tell a part of your story when you can make sure it ONLY does these things. Points to the hope you found in Jesus. Points to the power of Jesus. Points others to receive a seed or a turn towards Jesus. Points to glorifying all He did. If all you can do is complain, say woe is me, tear someone down, get pity and the effects of it does not build up others, that is a sign you are still working through it. Keep going to your circle, keep going to your tent, and then you stand up. And then you return to those watching and then you pour out and speak, teach, serve, provide, guide, whatever it is. Because it is your calling.”