Good = Hard // A Ministry Update :: 2.0

Some dude once said “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Kinda famous right, i think it’s famous because so many of us feel that in our bones. It’s something that resonates on a really deep level!

I just posted a little diddy about my last months and the excitement of my coming month. I have some really great ministry stuff going down these days and i am really excited about it! It’s probably the 2 best months of ministry i’ve had in the last 2 or 3 years.

So it really seems like the best of times. GOOD

But this past month has also been extremely difficult. = HARD

Maybe not the worst of times literally but pretty hard. Doubt, struggle, temptation, contention, selfishness... the list can go on and on but it just seems like there is a spirit of tension in my house and in my life. I do think that when the best of times come there is an enemy who wants to give us an earthly reality check. But i also know there is a Jesus who want to give us an eschatological reality check. Meaning, Jesus want us to experience heaven now, he wants us to have the abundant life of eternity here and now. Maybe only a little taste, an already but not quite yet kind of deal but i’m afraid i’m letting a reality of sin and selfishness steal my taste of God’s abundant future and the gift he has for me now!

I hate that!

And as i write i feel like God is speaking, telling me that the thoughts of failure and dead ends are lies and maybe i need to be remembering verses like this one...

“We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that he has for us. God rescued us from dead-end alleys and dark dungeons. He's set us up in the kingdom of the Son he loves so much, the Son who got us out of the pit we were in, got rid of the sins we were doomed to keep repeating.”

Colossians 1:11:14 (the message)

So yea, life is good and life is hard, all at the same time but God is good and i pray that all of us in our times of struggle, temptation, and despair would remember that we’ve been set up in God’s Kingdom because he loves us regardless of our performance or success and regardless of our mood or emotions. And we have to be honest, with ourselves, with our communities, and with God because life isn’t easy even when lots of things seems to be great because even then some things can be really hard and maybe, just maybe, that is when we need to lean into the reliability of the scripture, the companionship of our community, and the compassion of the Holy Spirit.

I write all this at the risk of being an internet over-sharer... and i’m not a huge fan of “that guy” but i think honesty is important and i think we need to hear the struggles just as much as we hear the hoorays. We need to remind each other of God’s goodness and his unswerving (look up synonyms - awesome) love for us! And in writing, i needed to remind myself! Cause we need to do that as well sometimes as well.

Grace and peace

(because you’ve been set up in the kingdom that has come in the person of Jesus!)

erik

and PS :: for some reason i'm aware of my abundant run-on sentences in this post. Which is weird considering how bad at English grammar i am (you'd think i was born to write in a different language). So, sorry about if you are the kind that cares about those kinds of things. And a warning, if you are, this blog might not be the place for you. But i invite you to stick around either way!

Shalom