Having been a practicing clergyperson for 57 years, I have on occasion been the object of what the political world calls, Identity Politics, meaning attempted smears on a real or perceived character flaw. The Democrat and Republican world is awash with such.
While reading an article about me, my phone buzzed, thereby letting me know I had a new email note. Here’s an excerpt from the daily letter of George Whitten whose ministry is worldwide with primary headquarters in Israel. George is From Baltimore and back when Dinosaurs still roamed the earth we both were getting started in Baltimore:
“Larry, the enemy would love to dig up your past, thrust it in your face, and leave you comparing yourself with others for the rest of your life – but the Lord has a life for you, and He wants you to live it. Your life, not someone else's. He loves you and He trusts you to be who He made you to be. So don't allow your past failures or your present jealousies to prevent you from the life you’re called to live for Him!” George Whitten.
You are free to put your name where mine appears in the note, read the excerpt several times, then quit any pity party and keep on Trucking in whatever field the Lord has permitted you.
When many people quote the Apostle Paul, they tend to forget that he was a much-maligned follower of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote the church at Corinth with this passage of encouragement:
2Corinthians 4:16 “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory,
18 while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (NKJV).
Sometimes if you read or hear attacks on your flaws, it feels as though a long knife has been run through your body, and you suffer from discouragement, called in the passage “lose heart!”
Paul instructs to forget yesterday and keep your focus on things eternal.
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