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I Will Not Lose Heart

2 Corinthians 4:16

Therefore we do not lose heart

Ray 2018Have you ever lost heart? There are a number of times I have lost heart. With injuries and age creeping up on me – my sport playing life has changed (I spend more time with golf these days). I love me some basketball – if you didn’t know that fact. With two rotator cuff surgeries the last two springs – I have not played a lot of basketball in the last two years or so. If you ask my wife or my friends – they would tell you I have contemplated leaving the game for good. My doctor even suggested it when I injured my shoulder playing basketball – which led to my last surgery. I went back Monday and enjoyed the full-court running (it might help me lose some weight). For most of my life I have been a 3-point bomber. I would find an open spot and the ball would find me and I would bomb away – hitting a high percentage typically. But – after two shoulder surgeries – gaining some age – and not working out much for two years – my 3-point shot is weak right now. I actually had to abandon the 3-point shot today and shot and hit from inside the arc. I will get my shooting touch back! I will not lose heart! I will keep trying!

Have you ever lost heart? I was single and dating from the time I was 16 until I married at 25. During that time – among my dating opportunities – I had two long-term girl-friends. I can say I lost heart when both relationships ended. I thought I might never date again. I thought I might never meet someone again that I would feel like I did about those two young women. Yet – as time moved forward – I met and married the love of my life. I did not lose heart – for long – but rebounded well!

Have you ever lost heart? I have a friend who has had bad times on top of bad times. He has had multiple deaths in his family. He has had troubles with home life. He has had difficulties in a variety of ways in his life. Yet – he keeps his faith in Jesus. He keeps giving God praise for his life – even with the difficulties. He will not lose heart.

Have you ever lost heart? Maybe we have had hard times in life. Maybe we lost a job – lost a marriage – lost a child or spouse through death – lost a parent as well – and lost heart. I know I am still broken hearted at the passing of my parents (in a couple weeks dad will be gone for 6 years already). Yet – I will not lose heart forever – I will rebound as I keep my eyes on Jesus.

Paul believed that our troubles and struggles in this life are light and momentary compared to the glory of our eternal relationship with Jesus. Here’s today’s passage in partial context. 2 Corinthians 4:16–18 – 16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Whatever we face in life – especially if it is because of our faith in Jesus – those troubles are small/light and temporal/momentary. If we seek His face and desire His grace – God can help us overcome our broken/lost hearts. Our relationship with Jesus can carry us thru all of the hard times in life. We will not lose heart if we keep Jesus first!

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

September 4, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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