Are My Struggles Hurting My Testimony?

Sometimes I feel like a hot-mess Christian.

I beat myself up because there seems to always be at least one thing wrong or challenging in my life. Why can’t I meet with a friend for once and not have any kind of struggle to confess?

But the Lord is so kind to those like me who feel stressed out and anxious about our situations.

When I’m feeling defeated he so gently reminds me it’s not my situation that determines my faith – it’s how I react to those situations that will inspire or encourage others in the Lord.

Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! (Psalm 105:1, ESV)

Sometimes I question my transparency in my friendships.

I don’t want to dump all my problems on my friends, but at the same time, I can’t live my life under a false facade.

The truth is, the Lord gives me great joy at all times. But in this life, we will have trouble.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a Christian or not, this fallen world affects us all and brings challenges and strife to every one of us.

God doesn’t tell us to keep it all together on our own, but rather to praise him and trust him through it all.

Because he is faithful, and he is good, even when situations aren’t.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33, ESV)

Am I showcasing God’s goodness only when things are going right? Or am I shouting my love and trust for him even while I’m confused, angry, hurting, or struggling?

I want my faith in my God to be even more apparent when I’m walking through the storm, because it’s easy to praise his name when everything is right.

But the definition of faith cannot be fulfilled in the seasons of sight, but rather in the moments you have no choice but to say “I trust you, Lord.”

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18, ESV)

His grace is greater than any sin in our lives, and when we believe that Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross is enough to set us free, we’ll have the surrender needed to hold on to the gift of faith he provides.

Our struggles don’t have to harm our testimony, in fact, they can be the very thing necessary for others to see our deep faith and trust in the Lord.

His deep goodness transcends our current situations, and when we take the time to showcase that above and despite what we’re struggling with, he will receive much rightful glory.

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