I had opportunity to eat lunch with a friend recently who shared some growing she had done in her personal life. I noticed a new glow and an incredible peace about her, and commented on the change I saw.
She gleefully shared how God helped her realize her true worth to Him, enabling her to gain freedom from envy, gossip, and bitterness. Not that she won’t face these struggles again, she admitted, but now she has a new motivation… Comparing herself to a princess of the King, she knew these responses and wrong attitudes would not be fitting to represent her position in Christ, so she purposed with God’s help to conquer these “old weights” that had burdened her down.
She acknowledged that she had expected her joy to come from other people and other things, instead of Christ. Now, however, she is able to gain her confidence and contentment through Christ alone! She shared a quote from J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) that had helped spur this great change within:
“To be content is to be one who hangs on no created things for comfort and has God as his portion. Such a one is the one who is always happy. Nothing can come amiss or go wrong with such a one. Afflictions will not shake him, and sickness will not disturb him… He can gather grapes from thorns and figs from thistles…”
(Note: Mrs. Virginia Mulrooney has battled with lupus for 8 yrs. while still managing her home and homeschooling her 7 children. In spite of suffering, she exhibits a beautiful example of finding hope through Christ in the midst of difficult trials! I am so grateful for her humility, her desire to encourage others, and her strong faith.)