victim vs. victory
This past Lent season I worked on reflecting on my faith and I commit to spend more time in the Word. Lent highlights how sinful we are, and I realized how much I need Jesus and to reflect on the gospel daily.
Recently, I’ve fallen into the trap of self pity. Something about getting closer and closer to the end of the school year left me done with everything else. My heart lacked room for love and the joy that faith brings. Being tired from school put me in the mindset where I was only looking for the negatives in my life.
Self pity is a trap. Self pity goes against everything God calls us to be as Christians and the life he calls us to live. When we occupy our time with praising and thanking Him, it’s impossible to feel sorry for ourselves.
The closer you get to God, the farther you are from self pity. He naturally calls us to be thankful. We’re called to live in a constant state of praise where we can’t help run but from self pity. When we are concentrated on looking for the joy and blessings He has put in our lives, we naturally don’t have anything to complain about.
"It’s impossible to hold the banners of “victim” and “victory” at the same time." Uninvited
Jesus’ death on the cross grants us eternal life. At the end of the day, he grants us final victory against death. That is something to be eternally grateful for. We are called to share the love and life that comes from knowing that we have final victory. I can't say this enough.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame,and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2
When we become fascinated in living in joy at the eternal life he has granted us, naturally little things fade away. Complaining becomes irrelevant. If we are truly expressing Jesus' love from our heart, we naturally overflow with the joy and peace He blesses us with. Little things, rejection, and times when life gets tough can't phase us: instead, we are rooted in the love and victory Jesus gives us.
I believe naturally as we spend more time trying to constantly see Him working in our lives, it becomes easier to see each day filled with blessings of His. You can't be busy pitying yourself if small trials and annoyances don't bother you. And truthfully, if you are concentrated on the life Jesus has given you, it's impossible to have small things bother you. When you know deeply in your heart that Your Savior died for you- how could you ever see yourself as a victim in your life?
Truly what I learned this season of Lent is that constantly reminding yourself of what Jesus has done for you means that you have victory; nothing can take that away. This sounds so simple, but it's something I know I struggle with a lot. It's easy to get wrapped up in what other people have that you don't, why your life is so much worse than everyone else's, or just generally why you feel like the world is out to get you.
Recently, I've been trying to take a moment to remind myself that
- Its impossible to get close to Him when complaining.
- You miss the blessings if you aren't focused on how He's blessing you.
- Ultimately, we truly can't be victims and celebrate the eternal life and victory He has given us at the same time.
This post is inspired by Jesus Calling devotionals as well as the book Uninvited. Hope you enjoyed a little wake up call I needed a reminder on, hope it helped you out too!