It’s been one of those weeks. They are unavoidable, and they have a way of bringing ones attitude into the dumps. The electricity has been off 75% of the time…causing the food to go bad, the water isn’t running, the temperatures are hovering at 35 Celsius every day…and the dust is flying, my rosacea is acting up and I look like a smallpox patient, I burned the food this morning and I ran out of milk for my tea! My self-pity levels are pretty high! hahaaa!!!
I did wallow in this funk for a little. “Suffering for Jesus” is supposed to look a little different, isn’t it? This all just makes me look like a whiner, not a martyr…and I want Jesus to see that I am sacrificing and living a life for Him. Obviously I can’t be useful in His kingdom when I am preoccupied with all these menial issues.
Can you see what I see? This is exactly what the enemy wants me to do. Focus on all those things that bring me down. Attack my comforts and vanity…I won’t have any time to focus on Jesus. He will be the object of my questioning, not my praise. I won’t want to read His word or praise Him, when I am questioning the validity of my call to work for Him. Self-pity is one of the biggest tools used by the enemy. He uses it to distract us, and to keep us busy with things that don’t really matter. These minor irritations take up a lot of energy and can suck us dry. The key is to notice it happening, and to not let the enemy get victory.
Time to look on the bright side. At least we have electricity some of the time, and it’s a good thing we didn’t really have a lot of food that could go bad. We still have enough water for a day or two, if we are careful. I love heat…if it was -35, I would be catatonic! Who cares about my face…my husband still thinks I’m beautiful. Tea does taste good black!! And I have plenty of good tea in the cupboard.
Life is good, God is Great!! Today is a day for praise and thanks! My family is healthy. We have food and shelter. We have solar panels…so we can charge a few electronics and lights during these hot, sunny days! What else do we need?
Hallelujah! You who serve God, praise God ! Just to speak his name is praise! Just to remember God is a blessing— now and tomorrow and always. From east to west, from dawn to dusk, keep lifting all your praises to God ! (Psalm 113:1-3 MSG)
To hell with the devil….he can go bother someone else. I belong to Jesus!