Making a Message Out of the Mess of Our Lives


Do you look at your life and see nothing but a mess?  What if, out of that mess, can come a glorious message of faith, hope, and love?

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But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:8

Sometimes it seems I have my head buried somewhere other than in the main stream of things.

A dear friend used a phrase in a note to me about the "mess" that we, are turning into our message.

I thought that so brilliantly described the way God uses the trials and challenges in our lives!

I did an internet search on the phrase and found it's nothing terribly new.  Clever yes, but not new.  There are several books and articles that use that phrase.

And I think I'm latching on to it.  No, I've not read the books, nor the articles.  All I want is the title, thank you very much!

I think it says it all.  It says what this blog is all about.  It says what our life as chronically-ill Christians is all about.  In essence, it is the redemption of Christ is all about.

I don't often go into salvation issues on this blog.  My (perhaps naive) assumption is that if you are following this blog, you are also a follower of His.

But that might not be the case!

What if you are someone coming to this blog from an internet search, or through a well-meaning friend, and the only thing you really know is that your life is a mess.

Doesn't really matter much what kind of a mess … illness, pain, loss, loneliness, addiction, what ever it is that brings you to the conclusion that your life is a mess and you crave something better.

Good news - there is a way.

Bad news - you may have heard it so many times that you roll your eyes in your head and say, "Oh oh … another one of those religious nut jobs saying that God will fix everything."

No.  I'm not saying that at all.  God may or may not choose to "fix" everything for you.  (At which point about 2/3 of you who are reading this will close the blog window cuz it's not what you are looking for.  You want that fix!)

What God will do - through the sacrifice of His son for us - will be to turn the mess of your life into the message of your life.  The message of Him.

It doesn't matter if you are ill, or lost, or troubled, or addicted, or … or … or …

He can meet you right where you are - and bring you to a place you never dreamed of.

How do I know?

He did it for me. And God is no respecter of persons.  He doesn't play favorites.  What He offers to me - He offers to you.

Are all the problems in my life gone?

No.

Am I pain-free?

Again, no.

But He has given me something far more wonderful than a problem-free, pain-free life.

He has given me hope.

He has given me peace.

He has given me love.

And He'll do the same for you.

All you need to do is follow Him, even if where you are seems like a mess at the moment.

That is the message.

Hope.

Peace.

Love.

Amen and amen.

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