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Jesus Will Help Us From Losing Heart

2 Corinthians 4:16

Therefore we do not lose heart

photo on 6-11-19 at 10.52 amHave 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 about me. With two rotator cuff surgeries in back to back springs (2017 & 2018) – I have not played a lot of basketball in the last three years or so. If you ask my wife or my friends – they would tell you I have contemplated leaving the game for good. My orthopedic doctor and my general practitioner even suggested it when I injured my shoulder playing basketball – which led to my last surgery – and the knee issues. I went back this past spring and enjoyed the full-court running (it might help me lose more weight) –  but I’ve given it up I think. 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 was weak this spring. I actually had to abandon the 3-point shot at first and shot and hit from inside the arc. I got my shooting touch back – but the knees barked! I will not lose heart – even if I have to give up basketball for good!

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 of those relationships ended. I thought I might never date again – each time. 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 – and rebounded well!

Have you ever lost heart? I have a friend who has had bad time on top of bad time. 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 7 years already). Yet – I will not lose heart forever – I will rebound as I keep my eyes on Jesus.

Have you ever lost heart? I was playing golf yesterday. I need to take sort game lessons. I hit some really nice drives – had some really short approach shots – and couldn’t get them up and down. As a matter of fact – I couldn’t get some onto the green – from short distances! I was starting to lose heart – really. I would drive the ball within 100 yards of the green and would end up with a bogey or worse. But – I hit a few good drives – a few good recovery shots (211 yards with a draw around a tree for one hole after a bad drive with a 5-wood – and I made a par on that one). I hit enough good shots to help me not lose heart.

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! Even when we have trouble chipping!!

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

September 3, 2019 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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