It's okay to have broken glasses. The greater problem is having broken vision.
It is evident that we have many broken young people in America today. And there are many reasons. Homes. School. Peers. Social Media. And even self-acceptance. Each of these sectors have fallen around the young people of our nation. These settings have come crashing down. The structures that are built around teenagers today are disappointing and irrelevant to their lives. Oh, there are bright spots. But not enough of them to salvage a whole generation.
But this is okay. What? Let me explain...
There is a hole in the heart of every human being. A God-shaped hole that can only be filled by the Creator of each of us. And too often young people try everything but God to fill that hole. But, in the end He is standing and waiting as everything else crashes around us. Because the kingdom of God is not irrelevant. It is the only sector, setting, and structure left that is unshakable. God's handy-work is still the great solution to the need of man. And often He will use failure. The failure of human efforts and things to accomplish His greatest work. It is at the core of Christian principles.
THE FIRST ARE LAST
THE LAST ARE FIRST
GO 2 MILES AND NOT 1 MILE
TURN THE OTHER CHEEK
GIVE YOUR COAT ALSO
FOOLISHNESS CONFOUNDS THE WISE
GRACE IS BETTER THAN HEALING
I call it the University of Suffering, where you graduate with a degree in Spiritual Maturity. I believe in divine healing and answered prayers. But, I also hold His will above mine. Sometimes His ways of healing are not mine. Sometimes His answers to my prayers are not what I would think. And we have to be okay with that or we will never graduate. The way I see it, God has a 30 thousand foot view and we have a 6 foot view. Here are 4 principles that I have been learning from the stories of Job and Paul in the Bible:
You have to know that we are temporal, but, His will for us is eternal. That, if we give our lives to His purpose, our impact upon this world will last beyond 70 years. No matter what we are going through. As Paul said, "Christ is in these chains..." (Philippians 1-2)
You have to know that God is not done. He is still painting. You cannot look at an artist’s painting until it is complete. Otherwise you are going to see half the picture and half of the talent of the artist and something very ugly.
You have to know that the kingdom of God comes before each of us. We were created for His glory. And He will get that out of us however He can. We need to thankfully live for Him because He has given us life. Any enjoyment we have had in this life comes from a loving Creator who brought us here.
You have to know there is always more grace in the story than there is suffering. A look at Job will prove this. We often see the pain in the story. Not the presence. As Isaiah said in 43.1-3, whether we go through the water, the flood, or the fire, He is with us.
What is your perspective? How can you think differently? How can you see differently? If the world is broke and everything around us is crashing down, don't you fail also. Ask the Lord to give you His heart, His mind, and His eyes. Your glasses may be broke. But don't lose your vision!