She’s not how she used to be. Once vibrant and bright, she’s faded and silent. What happened to her?
Look at him. Used to be, you could feel the atmosphere changing when he walked in the room but now he’s barely noticed, blending in with everyone else. What happened to him?
Observe yourself. Do you have the same spiritual vitality you did 20 years ago…one year ago? What happened to you?
Life deals some hard punches. When starting out on our Christian journey we feel our feet barely touch the ground. We have to share positive words and smiles because we’re overflowing with what God has done for us and it’s impossible not to share it. As we deal more and more with reality our once brave, bright light dulls when it’s exposed to the struggles and pain of the world around us. We relentlessly pursue closer walks with God to survive the hardships of life trying our best not to conform and through it, we find we sometimes lose our voice. We find our countenance changes with the weight of the crosses we carry. The lambs sometimes go silent.
Go to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon after the church hour and watch. The retail world says we are some of the rudest, most inconsiderate customers. The opposite should be true. When we leave the parking lot of the church often we forget our mission and purpose. We’re supposed to make our corners brighter and better, not darker and colder. What happened to us?
We’re heavy-laden with our burdens sometimes not seeing or thinking of anyone or anything other than what’s going on with us.
That’s the enemy’s mission and we’re falling for it. Perhaps that’s the purpose of what we’re going through at this moment: to shut us up; to rob us of our joy, our content countenance and our desire to show love and kindness wherever we are.
Let’s choose not to be silent today. Let’s ask God and believe Him, regardless of our circumstances, for strength, outward joy and be who He’s called us to be wherever we are, what we’re going through regardless of the discontentment around us. Remember? We’re strategically endowed with a Spirit who is greater than anything or anyone we face. We’re where we are for a divine purpose and if our Spirits are silent and we look and act like the lost around us, what good are we?
Psalm 39:2 “I was mute and silent, I refrained [even] from good, and my sorrow grew worse.”