Do you remember Eeyore from the Winnie the Pooh stories? He was the donkey who was always pessimistic. He walked around constantly expecting the worst to happen, never allowing himself to hope for good things to come. Now, can you imagine if he were a Christian? What do you think others who saw him would think of God? They would think He doesn’t care about people, and doesn’t want what’s best for us. They would have no idea just how much He loves us!
That’s why our responses to our struggles in our life are so important. They’re not just a reflection of our faith in God, they also help us tell the world around us how great our God is! When we struggle, we need to choose to remain focused on His promises, knowing that He will deliver us from our problems. In hard times, we can’t be wearing our Eeyore hat. Instead, we need to take captive EVERY thought, especially the negative ones, and make them all obedient to Christ. (2 Cor. 10:5). When we choose to tune out the negativity and stay focused on God, the people around us will see how the ways of this world can’t bring us down. They’ll see the incredible joy that comes from our choice and want to experience it for themselves. So the next time you struggle, remember to choose to focus on God. Your response won’t just be for your own benefit, it also can glorify God to all those around you!
Do you have any tips on how to keep your Eeyore hat off? Tell us here! And if you want to hear more about this, check out the podcast here: http://podcasts.capcitychurch.com/sermons/the-struggle-is-real-part-iii/
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