Thoughts on friendship, faith, and prayer through stress.

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On Friendship: Friendship is like a wonderous novel. It takes years to write and only seconds to burn. One lesson we learn from Jesus, even without reading His sermons is how important friendship is. He chose 12 apostles. Not because He had to, because He wanted to. He very well could have started His church without them, if that was what He wanted to do. However, he knew the importance of comraderie. A life alone is simply not the same. We were built to be communicating people. A species that speaks together, thinks together even. Ever heard the expression that two heads are better than one. Jesus obviously believed this. He even called his closest friends His family on at least two occasions. Not as in “family through God” but as His literal family, they were that close.

On Faith: When God solves your problems, you have faith in His abilities; when God doesn’t solve your problems, He has faith in your abilities. Maybe just maybe, if He does not give you what you pray so hard for at times, it is really because He knows that you can handle things without Him. He will be watching, very closely. But, He has given us all different abilities. Those of us who are good with music have an ability to get people ready for worshipping God through the inspiration of music. Those of us who have the gift of teaching are used to give great sermons. Those of us good with anything have a purpose and when God does not give you exactly what you ask for maybe, he has a different idea of what exactly you are good at even if you are unaware what it is just yet. Stick around, set the cruise control and let go of the wheel because you will never walk on water, sitting in the boat folks.

On Prayer through Stress:  Worrying doesn’t take away tomorrow’s problems, it takes away today’s peace. Prayer is a vital part of a spiritual life. As I said in the previous point, your prayers aren’t always answered. But they are ALWAYS heard. You are not promised tomorrow, and for that matter you are not promised five minutes from now. I live by several mottos but my favorite is simple. “Don’t worrying about anything but pray about everything”. It may sound easier said than done but with practice, just like anything it adds more peace than I can begin to describe. Enjoy your loved ones today instead of worrying over things you have no control over, you may not have another chance to. We do not predict the future, not accurately. Instill a prayer time in your day, and things seem to begin to be much easier.

God Bless

Chris 

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