, As I was ministering to a friend today, I was reflecting on things that I have been through. Hardships, disappointment, loss of job, reposession, betrayal, divorce, financial struggles, depression….and more. During one of these trials I was crying and asking why? Why was God allowing this to happen to me? I remember being told that God had given me cautions & warning signs that I didn’t heed to. I didn’t consult with God fully or when I did, I still went with what I thought was best, knowing full well that He sees all things, but still being stubbornly hopeful that my outcome would be just as beneficial. I was afraid to submit to His will and kept going with mine. And I failed every time. You would think I would learn, right? 😂 I also remember being told that what I was going through would later be my testimony, to help someone else through the same (or similar) struggle. And the selfish part of me thought that was so unfair! I didn’t understand when I was going through everything, just how powerful a testimony can be to someone that needs help and guidance and prayer. Someone who desperately needs God in their life. This line of thought made me realize how important it is to lead by example and to be mindful of our actions, so that we don’t cause others to stumble in their walk to Christ.
Philippians 4:9 NIV
Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me–put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV
Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.