After about two years of hard work and struggling to avoid life’s many distractions, I’ve finally finished my book! My work is done for now. All I have to do is pray that God will bring me the publisher that He has for me. After that, things will get fun! Editing, and getting the cover designed, and working with professionals, and getting paid. Above all, though, I cannot wait for the world to get to read my novel that I wrote in hopes of winning hearts for God.
Devotion for the week of 5/5/14-5/11/14
When I was about eight years old my family and I were driving home from church. When we had just pulled out of the parking lot I remember telling my mom that I wanted to be a Christian because she was a Christian and she seemed so happy. It was because being a Christian made my mom a happier person that led to me becoming a Christian. You will find that Christians are often joyful people. That doesn’t mean they are always happy and never have anything to bring them down. It just means that since they have God they have hope, and that brings them joy. Romans 15:13 says ‘May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Being a Christian does not mean that you don’t have problems anymore. Christians face trials just like anyone else. But, with Christ in their hearts, they have the strength to get through them so that it won’t seem so bad. 2 Corinthians 12:10 reads ‘For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.’ God gives us strength. It is said in John 16:22 that we will rejoice after our sorrows are gone, and that no one can ever take away our joy. God gives us a joy that we will have forever because He loves us so much. And love gives us joy. Love gives us hope. His love gives us those things eternally. Non-believers sometimes aren’t willing to become Christians because they like the way their life is and they don’t want to change. In the movie God’s Not Dead, one man visits his mother in a mental hospital. They have a brief talk, and this is what is said between them:
Mark: You prayed and believed your whole life. Never done anything wrong, and here you are. You’re the kindest person I know. I am the meanest. You have dementia. My life is perfect. Explain that to me!
Mark’s mother: Sometimes the devil allows people to live a life free of trouble because he doesn’t want people turning to God. Their sin is like a jail cell, except it is all nice and comfy and there doesn’t seem to be any reason to leave. The door’s wide open. Till one day time runs out and the door slams shut and suddenly it’s too late to get out.
People in this world are comfortable sinning. It doesn’t bother them and they don’t want to change, nor do they believe they need to. These people’s lives aren’t always great, but they don’t mind much because they get to do what they want and be who they want. Some view Christianity as a cage. They think that it keeps you from being able to have fun and be happy. When, in reality, Christianity brings you more joy than a life with no restrictions. It brings you a deeper, stronger joy. Sin is the real cage. So while they go on living their lives as they do, perfectly content with the decisions they make and who they are, they are losing their chance to be free from that life that is actually a cage. They are losing their chance to experience real joy. Christians should rejoice knowing that having Jesus in their hearts and in their lives gives them joy. We should live our lives in such a way that people see us and think ‘I want to be that happy! Can God really make you that happy?” We should live our lives so that they know that the answer to that question is yes!